Lepanthes golbasto Luer & Hirtz 1985 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo by Alexander Hirtz/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name Golbasto's Lepanthes [Emperor of Liliput a reference to the size of the plant]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1850 to 3500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 4 to 5, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple beneath, margined, shortly ciliate, broadly elliptical to suborbicular, rounded and notched apically, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a filiform, sublax, to 1.4" [to 3.5 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with echinate floral bracts.

"Related to the Colombian L caudata but vegetatively L golbasto is separated by the tiny, round, microscopically ciliate leaves. the petals are transversely narrowly obong and the ovate blades of the lip are long-ciliate." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * American Orchid Society Bulletin Vol 54 #2 1985 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Phytotaxa 201 (1) 54 Luer & Thoerle 2015 Drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;