Lepanthes guanacasensis Luer & R.Escobar 1994 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of Flower

Plant and Flowers

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TYPE Drawing

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Full Shade Cold Fall EARLY Spring

Common Name The Paramo de Guanacas Lepanthes [A cloud forest in Cauca where the species was discovered]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 3150 to 3380 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 11 ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, shortly acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 1 to 2, loose, longer than the leaf, distichous, flexuous, 10 to 10.4" [25 to 26 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.

"This species is apparently confined to the cool, moist, scrubby forests of the Paramo de Guanacas in southern Colombia. Although vegetatively of moderate size, a gradually lengthening, distantly flowered raceme of relatively large flowers eventually far surpasses the leaf. The flowers are not remarkably distinct. The shortly bifid synsepal is similar to the ovate, shortly acuminate dorsal sepa!. The petals and lip are not unusual. The tip of the appendix is bilobulate as often seen in other racemose species." Luer & Escobar 1994


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología Vol 19 #2 pg 94-98 Luer & Escobar 1994 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing fide;