Lepanthes impotens Luer & R.Escobar 1997SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photo by Esteban Dominguez Vargas and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage

Full ShadeCool Cold LATERSpring

Common Name The Weak Lepanthes [refers to the plant habit]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Risaralda department of Colombia at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with very slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 12 to 13, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, horizontal, purple, thinly coriaceous, finely pubescent, ovate, acute, long-acuminate, broadly rounded to broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a, filiform, congested, subsecund, longer than the leaf, .4 to .52" [1 to 1.3 cm] long including the .2" [5 mm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf and has lightly muriculate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 20 #3 pg 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;