Lepanthes dewildei Luer & R.Escobar 1997 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of Flower

Plant and Flower

Photos by © Sebastian Moreno and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

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

Cold LATERSpring

Common Name Dewilde's Lepanthes [Colombian discoverer of species current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Choco' department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2000 to 2100 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with very slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 8, tight fitting, essentially glabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, purplish, coriaceous, very narrowly ovate, acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, .44 to .68" [1.1 to 1.7 cm] long, including the .32 to .54" [.8 to 1.3 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.

"This rare species occurs as a twig-epiphyte in a wet, windy pass between the departments of Choco and Valle del Cauca. It is distinguished by the very slender ramicaul with tightly fitting, non-dilated sheaths. In common with many similar species, plants usually consist of only one or two ramicauls with leaves. The very narrow, acuminate, purple leaf is more or less erect in relation to the ramicaul, and the short, congested raceme is borne on top of the leaf. The brightly colored flower is distinguished by proportionately large petals that are considerably longer with their acuminate apices than the combined length of the sepals. The lobes of the lip are positioned obliquely to obscure a lateral view of the appendix. The appendix is small, oblong and concave." Luer & Escobar 1997


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología Vol 20 #3 pg 292–294 Luer & R.Escobar 1997 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;