Lepanthes elizabethae 2013 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing Photo/TYPE Drawing by © Oscar Perez and Lepanthes elizabethae (Pleurothallidinae, Orchidaceae), a new species from Colombia O.Pérez, Kolan & E.Par. 2013

Deep shade Cool Fall

Common Name Elizabeth's Lepanthes [Elizabeth Santiago Ayala, researcher at the AMO herbarium current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Valle del Cauca department of Colombia in remnant cloud forests near creeks on Tibouchina trees at elevations of 1800 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 4, ribbrd lepanthiform sheaths with the ribs minutely denticulate and the ostia minutely ciliate and carrying a single, apical, suborbicular to obovate, obtuse, apex slightly folded towards the abaxial surface, cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at least in in the fall on a short, horizontal, peduncle .064" [1.6 mm] long, borne from the abaxial surface of the leaf, racemose, secund, rachis 064" [1.6 mm] long, dense, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with cylindrical, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Lepanthes elizabethae is closely related to L. lycocephala from which it differs by its minute habit, less than .52" [1.3 cm] tall, subrounded to obovate leaves (vs. ovate to elliptical, acute to subacute), length of the sepalar tails (.08" [2 mm] long in L. elizabethae vs. .04" [1 mm] in L. lycocephala), petals with the upper lobe triangular, strongly acuminate (vs. triangular, narrowly obtuse), blades of the lip dolabriform with an obtuse base (vs. zoomorphic lip, blades subquadrate with acute lobes at the base) and rounded, tomentose lip appendix (vs. oblong, pubescent)." O.Pérez, Kolan & E.Par. 2013



References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytotaxa 79 (2): 58–62 (2013) Lepanthes elizabethae (Pleurothallidinae, Orchidaceae), a new species from Colombia O.Pérez, Kolan & E.Par. 2013 Drawing/photo fide