Lepanthes dumbo Luer 2009 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Juan Carlos Uribe and The Orquideas del Valle Website.

TYPE Drawing

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

Full Shade LATERSpring

Common Name The Dumbo Lepanthes [refers to the elephant eared blades of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Narino department of Colombia without locational data as a mini-miniature sized epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by about 8, close, microscopically cilate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, ovate, acute, rounded below into the base leaf that blooms in the later spring on 1 to 2, capillary, congested, .64 to .96" [1.6 to 2.4 cm] long including the .32 to .72" [8 to 18 mm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf with oblique acute floral bracts.

"This small species from southernmost Colombia is distinguished best by the shape of the blades of the lip. The flowers are produced successively by two simultaneous peduncles of unequal length on the dorsum of the leaf. The broad sepals are white and the petals and lip are bright purple. The blades of the lip overlying the column are transversely elliptical below the middle and contracted into narrow, apical portions above the middle about a quarter the size. Viewed laterally, the shape is not obvious. The connectives and body are unusually broad with a minute appendix in contact with the stigma." Luer & Hirtz 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 30: 9 Luer & Escobar 2009 Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;