Lepanthes gelata Luer & R.Escobar 1997 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of Flower

Photos by Andres Posada and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

Full Shade Cold LATER Spring

Common Name The Congealed Lepanthes [refers to the gelatinous appearance of the body of the lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Risaralda department of Colombia at elevations around 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with very slender, suberect to erect, ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 18 microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, thin, ovate, acute to subacute, rounded to cuneate and contracted below into the base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a filiform, very congested, subsecund, to .32 to .56" [8 to 14 mm] long including the .12 to .36" [3 to 9 mm] long peduncle, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 20 #3 pg 295 Luer & Escobar 1997 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;