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

Photo by Ramiro Medina

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Medina's Lepanthes [Colombia Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Putumayo department of Colombia in the Valle de Sibundoy at elevations around 2800 to 3200 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by about 16, leapanthiform sheaths with acuminate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, slightly acuminate, broadly rounded to subcordate and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, arising on the back of the leaf, erect, congested, 1.8 to 2" [4.5 to 5 cm] long including the 1.2 to 1.4" [3 to 3.5 cm] long peduncle, successively many flowered inflorecsence shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with yellow sepals, orange petals with the upper lobe red margined and a rose colored lip with bright pink margins.

"Characcterized by a large size with ovate leaves that are slightly acuminate at the apex and subcordate at the base. The peduncle and the congested raceme so not quite reach the middle of the leaf. The sepals are acute with the laterals semiconnate and the petals are transversely oblong with broad equal lobes. The lip is most remarkable with the outer margins of the blades edged with a dense row of flourescent pink, long spindle-shaped cilia above the middle and abruptly shortly pubecent below the middle. The minute appendix is bilobulate." Luer 2011

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Papers in Botany Vol 16 No 2: 336 Luer, Thoerle and Werner 2011

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Lepanthes of Colombia Luer 2012

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

Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;