Lepanthes furcata Luer & R.Escobar 1993 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

Photo by © Andres Posada and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

Full Shade Cool Cold Winter

Common Name The Forked Lepanthes [refers to the bifid stigma]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Choco and Valle de Cauca departments of Colombia at elevations around 2000 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, weak, erect ramicauls enveloped by 16 to 18 lepanthiform sheaths with minutely ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, more or less decurved, from a bending of the paex of the ramicaul, purple suffused, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, acute, long-acuminate, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a slender, congested, distichous, .6 to 1.2" [1.5 to 3 cm] long including the .4 to 1" [1 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf and has acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideologia 19(1): 27-28. 1993 photo/drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 173 to 196 2013 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer & Lisa Thoerle; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;