Lepanthes hortensis Luer & R.Escobar 1988 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

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Front View

Side View with sinus

Photos in Jardin Antioquia 1/2016 by Jay Pfahl

TYPE Photo

TYPE Photo by Carl Luer

Another Flower

Red Flower form

Photos by Andres Posada and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade Cold Fall Winter LATER Spring

Common Name The Garden Lepanthes [latin for garden and refers to the town of Jardin near where the species was discovered]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2800 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, more or less arching ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 17, minutely scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, thinly coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, elliptical-ovate, acute, long-acuminate, cuneate to rounded below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall through later spring on a filiform, congested, 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long including the 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 mm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

Similar to L mucronata but differs in the large, pubescent, tongue-like appendix and also similar to L quandi but differs from it in being a larger plant, larger orange flowers and petals with a longer, slender, medial apiculum.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 17 #3 1988 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;