Lepanthes nicolasii Luer & R.Escobar 1997 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Nicolas' Lepanthes [Colombian enthusiastic student of orchids current]

Flower Size .2 x .8" [5mm x 2 cm tall]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 12 to 14, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, eliptical-oblong, acute, slightly acuminate, rounded and abruptly narrows below into the broadly cuneate, petiolate base leaf and blooms in the winter and spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, pendent, [5.5 to 6.5 cm] long including the [2.5 to 3.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with oblique floral bracts.

"The congested raceme is pendent, borne by a slender, elongated. arching peduncle from beneath the leaf. The large flowers are held out on elongated ovaries. The sepals are microscopically pubescent; the petals are transverse with the upper lobe narrowly triangular and the lower uncinate; the lobes of the lip are narrowly ovate with the lamina developed only below the middle with the distal halves merely narrowly triangular. The appendix is minute and bilobulate." Luer & Excobar 1997


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 20 #3 1997 drawing fide; Native Orchids of Colombia Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #4 2019 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;

Checked type drawing W3Tropicos OK