Lepanthes heteroloba Luer, R.Escobar & Thoerle 2011 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronata

Photo by Jean Marc Palandre and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

Another Angle

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Full Shade Cold LATER Spring

Common Name The Different Lobed Lepanthes [refers to the petals]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, more or less arching ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 8, close, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with acuminate tips and carrying a single, apical, horizontal to pendent, coriaceous, ovate, acute, acuminate apically, rounded below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a filiform, very congested, .44 to .68" [1.1 to 1.7 cm] long including the .08 to .32" [2 to 8 mm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

Similar to L quandi both of which have denticulate margins on the sepals and glabrous petals but L quandi differs in the cuneate connectives that are inserted below the middle of the blade, and L praemorsa which has smooth margined sepals and pubescent petals.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;