Lepanthes destituta Luer & R.Escobar 1988 GENUS Lepanthes SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Luer 1994

Photo by Sebastian Viera Uribe

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep ShadeColdSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Poor Lepanthes [refers to the visual illusion that there are no petals and lip]

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2150 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a pendant rhizome giving rise to erect ramicaul enveloped by a single, long-ciliate lepanthiform sheath and carrying a single, pendant, coriaceous, glabrous, widely ovate, 3 veined, obtuse and rounded below into the base leaf that blooms in the spring on a .2 to .4" [.5 to 1 cm] long, racemose, successively single, 2 to 5 flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

A very similar orchid is Lepanthes ortizii which mostly differs in the Shape of the column apex and the reticulated brown, green leaves.

Synonyms Andinia destituta (Luer & R.Escobar) Karremans & S.V.Uribe 2017; Brachycladium destitutum (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2005; Neooreophilus destitutus (Luer & R.Escobar) Archila 2009; Oreophilus destitutus (Luer & R.Escobar) Archila 2009; Penducella destituta (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología Vol 17 #3 pg 179-182. 1988 Luer & Escobar Drawing fide; Selbyana 29(2): 203. 2009 Archila as Oreophilus destitutus; Orchid Digest 74(2): 69. 2010 Luer as Penducella destituta; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Andinia destitua photo fide