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

Side View of Flower showing appendix

Flower and plant

Photos by Sebastian Moreno and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Deep Shade Cold LATERSpring

Common Name or Meaning Longitudinally Concave Lepanthes [refers to the mature leaf shape]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Choco' department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2000 to 2150 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing twig-epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 7, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, immature leaf erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, mature leaf more or less horizontal, narrowly linear, acute, canaliculate with involute sides, subsessile base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, .32 to .36" [8 to 9 mm] long, including the .24 to .28" [6 to 7 mm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising within the channel of the top of the leaf.

There are only a few Lepanthes with terete leaves and they are L aciculifolia,L canaliculata, L fusiformis, L gustavoi and L teres.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 20 #3 pg 287 Luer & Escobar 1997 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 Luer drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;