Lepanthes oxypetala Luer & Hirtz 1988 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by Lourens Grobler

deep shade Cold Summerfall

Common Name The Long-Pointed Petals Lepanthes

Flower Size .15" [3mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 2900 to 3500 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender to stout ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 11, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse, shortly acuminate, broadly cuneate contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on to 4, slender, to 4.8" [to 12 cm] long, successively many flowered, flexible, racemose inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol. XIV. The genus Lepanthes Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;