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

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo by Rodrigo Escobar/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Common Name The Swing Bearing Lepanthes [refers to the appendix hinged to the sinus of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia and Cundinamarca departments of Colombia in cloud forests and remnant forests at elevations around 1900 to 2700 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, suberect to horizontal, slender ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 13, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to spreading, coriaceous, ovate, acute, long acuminate, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base that blooms in the spring on a filiform, very congested, distichous, .4 to 1.16" [1 to 2.9 cm] long including the .2 to .96" [.5 to 2.4 cm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.

"The margin of the broad sinus is rolled in and hinged to the broad, convex, basal half of the appendix. The apical segment is concave with pubescent margins and the apex is narrowly bilobulate. The whole appendix easily swings up and down beneath the stigma." Luer & Escobar 1984


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * AOS Bulletin Vol 53 #1 1984 Drawing/photo fide; Orquideologia 18: 133 Luer & Escobar 1991; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing fide;