Lepanthes limbata Luer & R.Escobar 1994 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Andres Posada and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another flower in situ Parque Tatama Choco Colombia 2200 meters 8/17

Another Angle in situ Parque Tatama Choco Colombia 2200 meters 8/17

Photos by Jay Pfahl

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Bordered Lepanthes [refers to the margin of the leaf]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Choco' and Risaralda departments of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 1900 to 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 5, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, broadly crenulate-erose margined, coriaceous, ovate, subacute to obtuse, rounded to broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter through spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, to .2 to .32" [5 to 8 mm] long including the .12 to .24" [3 to 6 mm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"This rare species occurs as a twig-epiphyte in a wet, windy pass between the departments of Choco and Valle del Cauca. It is distinguished by the very small habit, and ovate leaves with well-defined, broad, crenulate-erose margins. The proportionately large, pale yellow, long-tailed flower with purple petals and lip is borne near the center of the back side of the leaf." Luer & Escobar 1994


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 19 #2 pg 98 Luer & Escobar 1994 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;