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

TYPE Drawing

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

Full Shade Cold Spring

Common Name The Wanting Lepanthes [refers to the fragile appendix which was missing in some specimens]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia and Boyaca departments of Colombia at elevations around 2400 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 12, long attenuate, minutely cilate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, thinly coriaceous, erect, more or less purple reticulate beneath, ovate, subacute, narrowly attenuate apically, cuneate to rounded below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, congested, disitchous, .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long including the .2 to .6" [.5 to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 17 #3 pg 174-178 Luer & Escobar 1988 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide