Lepanthes kokonuko J.S.Moreno & Pisso-Florez 2020 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Plant and Flower in situ

Photos by J S Moreno

Common Name The Kokonuko Lepanthes [An indigenous tribe in southern Colombia]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia on the western slope of the Central Cordillera of the Andes in montane forests at elevations of 3172 to 3235 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect to suberect, slender, stout, ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 6, ciliate along the margins, lepanthiform sheaths with dilated, acuminate ostia and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, emarginate apically, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a subcongested, peduncle filiform, to .4" [1 cm] long, loose, distichous, flexuous, on the underside of the leaf, to 2.8" [7 cm] long, overall, successively single to 2, few flowered inflorescence with acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Lepanthes kokonuko is most similar to Lepanthes guanacasensis Luer & R.Escobar, but it can be distinguished by its strongly ovate revolute lateral sepals (vs. ovate, non-revolute), its transversely bilobed petals with the upper lobe lanceolate (vs. oblong) and a bilaminate lip with the blades microscopically pubescent (vs. essentially glabrous) and a bipartite appendix with two linear clavate processes (vs. ovoid appendix minutely bilobulate at the apex)." Moreno, Pisso-Florez & Viera 2020


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*LANKESTERIANA 20(2) Moreno, Pisso-Florez & Vieira-Uribe 2020 drawing/photo fide;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 photo fide;