Lepanthes dougdarlingii S.Vieira-Uribe & J.S.Moreno 2019 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Plant and Flower

TYPE Drawing

/TYPE Drawing by Juan Sebastian Moreno/Photos by Sebastian Viera and their Research Gate Webpage

Common Name Doug Darling's Lepanthes [Name in remembrance of Doug Schwartz, a dear American friend who had a passion for life, beauty, nature, and the brilliance and warmth of the color orange. The right to name this species was given to Ann Kaupp, who generously donated land purchase funds for the expansion of the natural reserves where the species was found. current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests on moss and leaf litter covered soil near the roots of shrubs and trees, at elevations of 2100 to 2200 meters as a medium sized, cold, prolific growing terrestrial with slender, erect, frequently producing additional ramicauls from the apex, enveloped by 10 to 21, ribbed lepanthiform sheaths with minutely ciliate, long acuminate ostia and carrying a green to olive, horizontal, ovate, attenuate, coriaceous, carinate along the main vein on the abaxial surface, the apex emarginate with an apiculus in the middle, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at any time of the year on a congested, distichous, shorter than the leaf, borne from either surface of the leaf, with the flowers usually hanging on one side of the leaf, peduncle filiform, up to .8" [2 cm], up to 1.04" [2.6 cm] long overall, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Similar to L hortensis and L ophelma but is easily distinguished by its prolific habit; the lip with blades oblong to obovate, rounded, marginally ciliate and the appendix ligulate to oblong, saccate in the middle, with an apical gland-like structure." Vieira-Uribe & J.S.Moreno 2019

Also similar to L aristata, L habenifera, L macrantha, L quandi and L spelnyx .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* LANKESTERIANA 19(2). J.S.Moreno & S.Vieira-Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;

Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 photo fide;