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

Photo by Sebastian Vieira and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

TYPE Photo

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo by Rodrigo Escobar/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade CoolColdSpring

Common Name The Buckle Bearing Lepanthes [refers to the appearance of the appendix]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 1700 to 2050 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, suberect to transverse ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 8, close minutely scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, more or less spreading, coriaceous, purple suffused on both sides or just beneath, ovate, acute, acuminate, rounded to cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, extremely congested, .36 to .92" [.9 to 2.3 cm] long including the .12 to .75" [.3 to 1.7 cm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

CAUTION The Photo above is very close to being correct but there are some differences between this and Luer's drawing of L fibulifera, the most obvious being the lip which here is nicely elliptical but in the drawing by Luer has a semicircular bite out of the bottom of each. So please use with caution!


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * AOS Bulletin Vol 53 #1 1984 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;