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

Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage

Cold LATERSpring

Common Name The Axe Shaped Lepanthes [refers to the petals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with very slender, weak, erect ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 9, microscopically scabrous, tight fitting lepanthiform sheaths with acuminate apices and carrying a single, apical, spreading, thinly coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, long-acumiante, cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a filiform, congested, secund, .56 to 1" [1.4 to 2.5 cm] long including the .28 to .75" [.7 to 1.8 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

"This species, known only from a mountain pass in the Western Cordillera of Colombia, is related to L. escifera , a species that is known from all three cordilleras. Vegetatively the plants of the two species with weak, very slender ramicauls and long-acuminate apices are indistinguishable. The obtuse sepals are microscopically denticulate. The upper lobes of the petals of L. dolabrata are obliquely truncate, "hatchetshaped," similar to those of L. cerambyx . The blades of the lips of these species are similar, but the appendix of L. dolabrata is merely a minute, pubescent lobule, instead of a concave, pedunculate structure." Luer & Escobar 1997


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología Vol 20 #3 PG 294–295, f. 119 Luer & Escobar 1997 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drrawing fide;