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

Side View of Flower

Photos by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Mountain Climber Lepanthes [refers to the prolific habit]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cundinamarca department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2960 meters as a small sized [each plantlet miniature sized], cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 12 light brown, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, shortly acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, 2.8 to 3.2" [7 to 8 cm] long including the 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.

"This species differs from the other known species with a prolific habit in the combination of the following criteria: the large habit; the more or less decurving, congested inflorescence; the narrowly ovate sepals; the bilaminate lip with the clinandrium from between the apices; and a minute, bifid appendix. The raceme is borne by a slender peduncle about half as long as the leaf. The elongating raceme eventually reaches the length of the leaf, but it usually droops over to the side of the leaf." Luer & Escobar 1991


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia 18: 133 Luer & Escobar 1991 Drawing; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;