Lepanthes climax Luer & R.Escobar 1988 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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

Full Shade Cold LATER Spring

Common Name The Staircase-Like Lepanthes [refers to the climbing habit of the plant]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Santander department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2850 meters as a small [individually] sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender to stout, often superposed ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 9, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a slender, loose, flexuous, 3.6 to 4" [9 to 10 cm] long including the 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 17 #3 pg 162, Luer & Escobar 1988 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing fide;