Lepanthes ligiae Luer & R. Escobar 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Ligia's Lepanthes [Mrs. Posada's Lepanthes, current Orchid Nurserywoman]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in western Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 2600 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing, epiphytic species with erect, ramicauls enveloped by 9 to 10 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptic, acute, abruptly narrows below into the base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a slender, very congested, distichous, 1.72 to 2" [4.3 to 5 cm] long including the [2.5 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"This large species, so far known only from the forests in Antioquia around Fizebad, is distinguished by the congested, short-pedicellate raceme, acute sepals, narrowly oblong petals, ovate lobes of the lip, and a thick, triangular appendix." Luer & Escobar 1991

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 18 #1 1991 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;

Checked type drawing W3Tropicos OK;