Lepanthes diabolica Luer & R.Escobar 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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Cold LATERSpring

Common Name The Devilish Lepanthes [refers to the red, minutely pubescent flowers with pointed sepals and petals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Choco' department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2700 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with very slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 13,microscopically ciliate-scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, acute with narrowly attenuate apices, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long, including the 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the dorsum of the leaf.

"This species is easily recognized by the thin, elliptical leaves with long-attenuate apices, and a very congested raceme of red flowers that are borne on the dorsum of the leaf, but soon to hang over the margin by the lengthening raceme. The sepals and petals are narrowly acute, the petals with a small, lateral process. The ligulate appendix protrudes from a cavity on the floor of the body of the lip." Luer & Escobar 1991


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 18(1): 42Luer & R.Escobar 1991 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide