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