Lepanthes cacique-tone Luer & R.Escobar 1997 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by © Esteban Dominguez Vargas and his Facebook Page

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website CR

Deep Shade Cold Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Chief Tone' Lepanthes [A local indian chief murdered by the Spanish in 1570]

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, erect ramicauls enveloped by 9 to 14, microscopically scabrous, close fitting, lepanthiform sheaths with acuminate apices and carrying a single, apical, spreading, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, acuminate, cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a filiform, congested, secund, .32 to 2.2" [.8 to 5.5 cm] long including the .24 to 1.4" [.6 to 3.5cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence carrying flowers with rose colored sepals, deep red petals and a deep red lip.

CAUTION The photo above fits Luer's drawing very well but it is not conclusive, the color scheme related by Luer does not match at all, a small matter but we can't see the appendix in this photo and that is the deciding factor, so please use with caution!!!!


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 20(3): 286–287 Luer & Escobar 1997 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;