Lepanthes nematodes Luer & R.Escobar 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Lip and Column detail

Photos by Sebastian Moreno and his Flikr Orchid Photo Webpage

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage

Common Name The Filamentous Lepanthes [refers to the threadlike petals]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia and Carchi province of Ecuador at elevartions around 2100 to 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 9, microscopically ciliate-scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, spreading, coriaceous, ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, congested, to .4 to .68" [1 to 1.7 cm] long including the .12 to .4" [3 to 10 mm] long peduncle, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

"This little species is characterized by minute, yellow flowers borne on top of a small, horizontal leaf; entire, ovate sepals; tiny, filamentous petals; and an erect, cylindrical column embraced by the lobes of a shorter lip." Luer & Escobar 1991


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia 18[1]: 66 Luer & R.Escobar 1991 Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;