Lepanthes imbricans Luer & R. Escobar 1999 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Opening flowers

Photos by Eric Hunt

Another Flower

Photo by Jay Pfahl

TYPE drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Roofing Tile Lepanthes [refers to the petals overlapping]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia as a miniature to small sized epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 10 lepanthiform sheaths with the dilated margins of the ostia microscopically ciliate and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, shortly acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the base leaf that in the spring on a filiform, loose, 2.6 to 3" [6.5 to 7.5 cm] long including the .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, successively few, several flowered inflorescence.

"This medium-sized species is distinguished by the oblong, shortly acuminate leaf that is more or less equaled in length by a lax, successively flowered raceme. The sepals are orange, broadly ovate and obtuse. The upper lobes of the deep purple petals are large and suborbicular, and broadly overlapping above the column. The lower lobes are triangular and much smaller. The blades of the lip are thin with uneven margins, and borne by short, broadly cuneate connectives." Luer & Escobar 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Checked to type drawing W3Tropicos OK; * Orquideologia Vol 21 #2 1999 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 12 2003 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 1 2004 photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #3 2019 photo fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;