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

Leaf and Flower

Photos by Esteban Dominguez Vargas and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Cool Cold LATE Summer EARLIER Fall

Common Name The Weak Lepanthes [refers to the plant habit]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 1850 to 2600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with very slender, weak, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 9, thin, tight fitting, lepanthiform sheaths with minimmally dilated ostia with microscopically scabrous margins and carrying a single, apical, more or less spreading, thinly coriaceous, ovate, acute, long-acuminate, prominently tridenticulate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and earlier fall on a filiform, congested, distichous, .44" [1.1 cm] long, including the .2" [5 mm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf and has lightly muriculate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 17 #3 pg 169 1988 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide