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

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage

Full Shade Cold LATER Spring

Common Name Gustavo's Lepanthes [Colombian Orchid enthusiast and co-collector of species]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Choco' department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2680 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4, close fitting, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with oblique apices and carrying a single, apical, suberect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-linear, semiterete, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a filiform, subcongested, distichous, .4" [1 cm] long including the .2" [5 mm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and has spiculate floral bracts.

There are only a few Lepanthes with terete leaves and they are L aciculifolia, L canaliculata, L fusiformis, L gustavoi and L teres.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología Vol 20 #3 pg 298–299 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;