Lepanthes lacera Luer & Thoerle 2011 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage

Full Shade Cool LATE Winter EARLY Spring

Common Name The Lacerate Lepanthes [refers to the dentate margined column apex]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 1380 meters as a small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by around 8, minutely cilate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, purple suffused, ovate, acute , acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, arising on the back of the leaf, congested, 1.84" [4.6 cm] long including the 1.6" [4 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow glabrous sepals, and a dark purple and yellow bilaminate late lip.

"Distinguished from all others in the genus by the long-lacerate, protruding lower margin of a proportionally large clinandrium. The plant is large with a very congested, short pedicellate raceme borne by a peducncle about half as long as the leaf. The dorsal sepal and iupper lobe of the petals are narrowly acute, while the synsepal is deeply bifid and the short, lower lobe of the petals terminates in a filiform uncinate process.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Harvard Pap. Bot. 16(2): 334-335. 2011 Drawing fide; Orquideología 22(1): 38-42 Luer 2001 Drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII lepanthes of Colombia Luer 2012

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII lepanthes of Colombia Luer 2012 drawing fide;