Lepanthes boyacensis Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Jorge Mario Munera

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Full Shade Cold Spring

Common Name The Boyaca Lepanthes [refers to the Department of Colombia where the species occurs]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Boyaca department of Colombia at elevations above 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 5, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, erect to arching, flexuous, 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long including the .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence with echinate floral bracts.

"This large flowered species is similar to L costata [an accepted species that I have no information on] but the new species differs in the shortly caudate sepals concave blades of the lip and a terminal tuft of hairs on the membraneousappendix." LUer 1984


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * American Orchid Society Bulletin 53[8]: 820, Luer & Escobar 1984 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;