Lepanthes deliciasensis Luer & R.Escobar 1994 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

Photo by © Lisa Thoerle/TYPE drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Cold Fall LATE Summer EARLIER Fall

Common Name The Paramo de Las Delicias Lepanthes [refers to the location of the Orchids discovery]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia at elevations around 3150 to 3380 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with very stout erect ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 11, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on up to 6, racemose, strict, secund, 12" [30 cm] long, including the 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long peduncle, successively several, many flowered inflorescence with oblique floral bracts.

"The flowers of L rhombipetala, L nanegalensis and L deliciasensis are shaped like an elongated diamond, with the dorsal sepal and synsepal nearly identical, but the latter is distinguished by its concave dorsal sepal and petals with the apex of the upper lobe narrow and everted." Luer 2012


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologiá Vol 19 #2 pg 93-95 Luer & Escobar 1994 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing fide