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

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Hairy Sepal Flower

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Side View of Flower

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TYPE Drawing

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Common Name Octavio's Lepanthes [Brother Octavio Ospina, Colombia discoverer of species]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Putumayo department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 1650 to 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with suberect to horizontal, slender ramicuals enveloped by 9 to 11 ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate acute, slightly acuminate, cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and early spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, [1.7 to 2 cm] long including the [9 to 12 mm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf and has minutely echinate floral bracts.

This species is characterized by the congested, shortpedicellate inflorescence that bears a yellow flower upon the leaf. The sepals are ovate, shortly acuminate and denticulate; the petals are small and narrowly transversely oblong; the blades of the lip cover the column, the sinus of the body of the lip is thick and shallowly concave on the front surface below a small, transverse flap between the connectives; and the appendix is merely a minute triangle on the external surface of the body." Luer & Escobar 1991


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 18(2): 128–130. Luer & Escobar 1991 Drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide