Lepanthes pachoi Luer & R. Escobar 1994 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Leaf and Flower

Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers.

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer.

Common Name Pacho's Lepanthes [Mr Lopez, Colombian nurseryman 20th cen]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia near Medellin at elevations around 2500 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 12 to 17, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, obtuse, shortly acuminate, abruptly rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a few, peduncle slender, 1.2 to 1.45" [3 to 3.5 cm] long, rachis 1" [2.5 cm] long, congested, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with acute, longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Although vegetatively this species is very similar to many other large ones with large yellow flowers borne in a short, congested raceme, L pachoi is easily distinguished by the peculiar. flabellate petals. The four-angled petals appear to consist of a pair of lopsided triangles. The lip is also remarkable in that it consists of a subquadrate body under the column, with the lateral margins of the body developed into narrow blades to either side of the column. The appendix is a twopronged organ borne on the margin of the protuberant sinus of the body." Luer & Escobar 1994

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 19 #2 1994 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 matches here fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;