Lepanthes ionoptera Rchb. f. 1855 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Andreja Schultz

Not L ionoptera, like L pastonesis not

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Scott Dallas of White Oak Orchids

Common Name The Violet Colored Column Lepanthes

Flower Size 1/5" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Bolivia at 2400 to 2500 meters in dense forests as a miniature, cold growing epiphyte with ramicauls enveloped basally by 6 tubular, lepanthiform sheaths carrying oval leaves with clasping bases, and bidentate apex and blooms in the spring on an erect, 3 3/5" [9 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from the apex of the ramicaul and having acuminate floral bracts.

Absolute match!

SynonymsLepanthes venezuelensis Foldats 1968

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1855; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 as L venezuelensis drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 quinta parte Foldats 1970; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 8 449 - 512 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 62 #2 1998 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;