Lepanthes octavioi Luer & R.Escobar 1991 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

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Hairy Sepal Flower

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Side View of Flower

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer


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.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología 18(2): 128–130. Luer & Escobar1991; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide