Lepanthes bipinnatula Luer & R.Escobar 1997 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Photo/Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website CR

Deep Shade Cold LATERSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Two Feathered Lepanthes [refers to the appendix]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 12 to 14, close fitting, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, spreading to pendent, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-ovate, acute, with recurved margins, purple suffused beneath, cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on often 2, filiform, congested, subsecund, .56 to 1.24" [1.4 to 3.1 cm] long including the .28 to .98" [.7 to 2.4 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.

Vegetatively similar to L mucronata but differs in the flower which is distinguished by the 3 veined lateral sepals and a lip shorter than the protruding column, with a slender, two part appendix.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología Vol 20 #3 pg 284–286 Luer & Escobar 1997 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;