Lepanthes obovata Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Ron Parsons

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing Carl Luer and American Orchid Society Bulletin 53[8]: 823, Luer & Escobar 1984

Common Name The Obovate Lepanthes [refers to the leaves]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in temperate forests at elevations around 1600 to 1650 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 14 to 16, long ciliate, widely dilated apically, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, obovate, obtuse apex contracted into a .4" [1 cm] long acumen, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a filiform, congested, flexuous, 1.52 to 1.6" [3.8 to 4 cm] long including the 1.12 to 1.2" [2.8 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

"Readily identified by the obovate, abruptly acuminate leaves and a broadly cordate lip with a short apical acumen and rounded lateral lobes embracing the column." Luer 1984


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * American Orchid Society Bulletin 53[8]: 823, Luer & Escobar 1984 photo/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide