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

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TYPE drawing

TYPE drawing of L Guaduensis

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Common Name The Large Column Lepanthes

Flower Size

Found in Antioquia and Choco departments of Colombia at elevations of 2000 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect slender ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 8, microscopically scabrous, close fitting, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, corixaceous, ovate, acute cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the mid- winter through early summer on a filiform, congersted, distichous, .52 to .68" [1.3 to 1.7 cm] long, including the .28 to .44" [7 to 11 mm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising from behind the leaf.

"This species from the Western Cordillera of Colombia is closely allied to L. zapatae. Both species are characterized by a short, congested raceme borne behind the small leaf. In Lepanthes macrostylis , the leaf is ovate instead of elliptical, and purple. The ovate sepals reflex toward the ovary. The petals are proportionately small with ovate lobes. The column is disproportionately large, larger than a lobe of the lip, and protruding beyond the lobes. The lobes are thick and convex. The appendix is small, oblong and pubescent." Luer & Escobar 1999

Synonyms Lepanthes guaduasensis Luer & R.Escobar 1999

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología Vol 21 #2 pg 151–154, f. 138 Luer & Escobar 1999 drawing fide; Orquideología 21(2): 145–147, f. 135 Luer & Escobar 1999 as L guaduasensis drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;