Lepanthes oxybaphon Luer & R.Escobar 1985 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Saucer Lepanthes [refers to the appearance of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia in sub cloud forests at elevations around 2500 to 2600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect to suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 8 long ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to spreading, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, subdense, 1.48 to 1.6" [3.7 to 4 cm] long including the .28 to .4" [7 to 10 mm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf with shortly echinate floral bracts.

"Related to L aquila-borussiae and L antennifera but L oxybaphon can be distinguished by the long, slender lower lobes of he petals and a round saucer-like lip, in the center of which the apex of the column is positioned. The blades of the lip are thickened margins of a broad, concave body, with the short apices rounded and overlapping in front of a shallow, rounded sinus a considerable distance in front of the paex of the column." Luer & Escobar 1985


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; ** Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 54: 734 Luer & Escobar 1985 drawring/photo fide; 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 photo fide;