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

Photo by Jorge Mario Munera

TYPE Drawing

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

Full Shade Cold Fall

Common Name The Exalted Lepanthes [refers to the Superior qualities of the plant]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia at elevations around 2670 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect then arching, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 4, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a filiform, flexible, flexuous, lax, , 2.4 to 2.8" [6 to 7 cm] long including the .4 to .8" [1 to 2 mm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 53: 370 Luer & Escobar 1984 Drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;