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

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo by Rodrigo Escobar/TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Another Flower

Photo by © Ron Parsons

Cold Winter LATE Spring Summer

Common Name Dario's Lepanthes [Colombian Senor Dario Arbelaez Lepanthes Gardener at Colomborquideas current]

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 2400 to 2700 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 14, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse, abruptly contracted into a subulate apical portion, rounded and contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter, late spring and summer on a filiform, congested, distichous, 1.48 to 1.62" [3.7 to 4.5 cm] long, including the .88 to 1.2" [2.2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with oblique floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the thin, more or less wrinkled leaf with a long-acuminate apex from an obtuse blade. The medium sized flowers are borne singly in a congested raceme beneath the leaf. The sepals are lightly acuminate, the petals are trnasverse with th triangular lower lobe much smaller than the oblong upper lobe. The lip is most distinctive with narrow blade-like margins of erect, oblique, oblong connnectives." Luer & Escober 1997

Ron Parson's photo above fits fairly well to Luer's TYPE drawing but Rodrigo's photo is the type photo so it is absolutely correct.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 20(3): 291–292, f. 117. Luer & Escobar 1997Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 #1020 [h] photo fide; *Orquideología Vol 20 #3 pg 291–292, f. 117 Luer & Escobar 1997 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;