Lepanthes ortiziana O. Pérez, E. Parra & M. Kolanowska 2010 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by © Oscar Alejandro Perez Escobar

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Casrl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name Ortiz's Lepanthes [Colombian Fransican Monk, Librarian and Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia at elevations around 1960 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with more or less horizontal, slender ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 12 lepanthiform sheaths with dilated, attenuate ostia and carrying a single, apical, horizontal to pendent, thinly coriaceous, purple suffused, microscopically pubescent, ovate, acute, slightly acuminate, broadly cuneate but not cordate, contracted below into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on 1 to 4, congested, 1.2 to 1.48" [3 to 3.7 cm] long including the .2 to .48" [5 to 12 mm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on top in the sulcus of the leaf.

This species and L smaragdina are similar but this one differs in the spreading lateral sepals and petals with wider, more or less broadly uncinate, incurved upper lobes. This species is also close to L manabina.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia 27: 222 Perez, Parra and Kolan. 2010 publ. 2011 Drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide