Lepanthes oxyphylla Luer & R.Vásquez 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by © S Manning and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Common Name The Pointed Leaf Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations around 1900 to 2450 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 10, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, very narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a filiform, subdense, flexuous, 1.24 to 1.48" [3.1 to 3.7 cm] long including the .24 to .48" [6 to 12 mm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

CAUTION The photo bothers me because it is not an exact fit to Luer & Vasquez in the colors [Luer states that the flower is white rimmed and not yellow rimmed] and lack of a mid lobe of the petals. I also cannot see from the photo if the lip is flat [as it should be for this species] or concave. Lastly there is no mention by the authors about the light green rimmed leaf. L hastata is close to this species and the differences are that L hastata has yellow rimmed flowers and a concave lip as well as a deeply cleft sinus with marginal angles. The drawing is the type so it is absolutely correct.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54: 359 Luer 1983 Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide;