Lepanthes habenifera Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo by Rodrigo Escobar/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Another Flower color

Photo by Sebastian Viera and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

Common Name The Strap Bearing Lepanthes [refers to the appendix shape]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with weak, slender, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 10 close, minutely scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single apical, suberect to spreading, thinly coriaceous, ovate, acuminate, acute, rounded below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, .6" [1.5 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, successively flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

Related to L mucronata and L sobrina but differs in the smooth, truncate upper lobes of the petals, the broad connectives of the blades of the lip and the large, strap-shaped appendix.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 53: 372 Luer & Escobar 1984 Drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;