Lepanthes montezumae J.S.Moreno & S.Vieira-Uribe 2018 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

Plant and Flower

TYPE Photos by J S Moreno and Sebastian Vieira and The Research Gate Webpage


Common Name The Montezuma Lepanthes [A ecological reserve near Parque Nacional Tatama in Colombia]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Risaralda and Valle de Cauca departments of Colombia at elevations of 1400 to 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with thin, suberect to horizontal ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 10, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, more or less horizontal, suberect, olive to mossy green, thinly coriaceous, reticulate veined, corrugated, ovate to elliptic, acuminate, emarginate apically with a small mucro, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on 1 to 2, shorter than the leaf, arising on top of the leaf, peduncle filiform, terete, .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long, .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long overall, congested, distichous, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying resupinate flowers.

"L montezumae is similar to L parmata as both have green petals and yellow flowers that lie on top of the leaf but L montezumae is distinguished by the narrowly ovate blades of the lip that is subobtuse basally and the apices long-acuminate, short cuneate connectives vs a comparatively small lip with lunate blades the 2 blades connate medially ovaer the column to form a thin, circular blade, the connectives narrow and long. and a very distinctive transversely bilobed appendix with each lateral lobe also trnaseversely bilobed inot one oblong, truncate basal lobeand one oblong, apically ciliate apical lobe versus an oblong, membraneous, pubescent appendix." Vieira and Moreno 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Orquideologia 35: 177 2018 2 new species of Lepanthes From the Tatama National Park drawing/photo fide;

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

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 photo fide;