Lepanthes escifera Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Andres Posada and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Bait-Bearing Lepanthes [refers to the pedunculated appendix]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in montane cloud forests at elevations around 2050 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with suberect to transverse, very slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 11, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, spreading to pendent, coriaceous, purple beneath, ovate, acute, long-acuminate, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, very congested, distichous, to .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long including the .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, single successively flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *"> AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 1 1984 Luer drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;