Lepanthes cerambyx Luer & R.Escobar 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl L:uer and The Epidendra Website

Deep Shade Cool Winter

Common Name or Meaning The Horned Beetle Lepanthes [an allusion to the flowers appearance]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 1600 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 10, close, glabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, acuminate, apiculate, cuneate below into the indistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a filiform, very congested, .4" [1 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with imbricating floral bracts.

"This little species is recognized by the narrowly ovate leaves bearing on the dorsal surface a colorful, little flower with prominent, erect, obliquely truncate upper lobes of the petals, reminiscent of the horns of a beetle. The sepals are broad and obtuse, and the lobes of the lip are smaller than the column." Luer & Escobar 1991


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 18(1): 32–34 Luer & Escobar 1991 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 Luer drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing fide;/photo good;