Lepanthes chocoensis Luer & Thoerle 2011 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Sebastian Viera

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade Cool Cold Winter

Common Name The Choco' Lepanthes [refers to the department of Colombia where the species occurs]

Flower Size .36" [9 mm]

Found in the Choco' department of Colombia at elevations around 1920 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, very slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 7, glabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, thinly coriaceous, purple suffused, erect, ovate, acute, acuminate to mucronate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a slender, arising on the top of the leaf, congested, .52" [1.3 cm] long including the .32" [8 mm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence minutely muricate, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts

"Characterized by a weak, small plant with very thin ramicauls; an ovate leaf with an acuminate to mucronate tip; a short congeswsted raceme bearing flowers with sepals with cilate margins and caudate apices; a lip with elliptic blades and a reflexed appendix. The small plant with small flwers with widely spreading, denticulate sepals superficially resembles L hirsutula but the latter is distinguished by narrowly oblong, long-ciliate petals and a lip with pubescent blades and a large, pubescent protuberance in place of a sinus." Luer 2012


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Papers in Botany Vol 16 No 2: 330 Luer, Thoerle and Werner 2011 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Lepanthes of Colombia Luer 2012

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Lepanthes of Colombia Luer 2012 drawing fide;

Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;