Lepanthes deutera Luer & Thoerle 2009 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Full Shade Cold LATESpring

Common Name The Lesser Quality Lepanthes [refers to the Lip that is less appealing]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Choco' department of Colombia at elevations around 2400 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 18 to 19, minutely cilate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, oblong-ovate, subacute, acuminate into an acute tip, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a filiform, congested, disitchous, 2.4 to 3" [6 to 7.5 cm] long including the 1.4 to 2" [3.5 to 5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"This large species, known only from one collection in the Western Cordillera of Colombia, is vegetatively similar to Lepanthes cingens . It is distinguished from the latter by narrowly triangular, acute, slightly acuminate sepals. The lateral sepals of L. cingens are ovate and terminate in a broad, subacute tip. The petals are similar. The blades of the lip of L. cingens are deeply concave from beneath, the two convex blades resembling a bivalved mollusk surrounding the column. The blades of the lip of L. deutera are merely ovate and slightly concave centrally, and the appendix is reduced to a triangular membrane resting beneath the column." Luer 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 30: 7 Luer & Escobar 2009 Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide