Lepanthes lingulosa Luer & R.Escobar 1999 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage

Common Name The Large Tongue Bearing Lepanthes [refers to the rostellar flap]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Cundinamarca department of Colombia at elevations around 2620 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, close, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse to rounded apically, broadly cuneate and rounded below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a filiform, loose, to 2.8 to 3.2" [7 to 8 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence that is longer than the leaf and has muricate floral bracts.

"This species, known from no other collection, was discovered in the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia. It was perfectly preserved in liquid but without color notes. The habit is very small with ramicauls and leaves each less than one centimeter long. The loose, successively flowered raceme reaches about 2" {5 cm] in length. The flowers are proportionately very large for the plant. The sepals are acute and ciliate, and the petals are narrowly transverse and irregularly long-ciliate. The elliptical blades of the lip, also irregularly long-ciliate, are proportionately very small, smaller than the large, protruding rostellar flap." Luer & Escobar 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 21 #2 pg 149 Luer & R.Escobar 1999 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing fide;