Lepanthes petalopteryx Luer & R.Escobar 1994 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

TYPE Drawing< P>TYPE Photo by Rodrigo Escobar/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage


Common Name The Winged Petal Lepanthes [refers to the shape of the petals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Choco' department of Colombia at elevations around 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 7 microscopically ciliate-scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer, fall and early winter on a slender, congested, distichous, .6 to .68" [1.5 to 1.7 cm] long including the .4 to .48" [1 to 1.2 cm] long peduncle, successively several flowered inflorescence with muricate floral bracts.

Similar to L viahoensis of the central cordillera of the Andes but L petalopterx has minutely denticulate sepals and 2 veined lateral sepals and the petals has obliquely truncate upper and lower lobes. The lips of both species are essentially the same.

Also similar to L pleurorachis, and L anchicayae


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 19 #2 pg 106 Luer & Escobar 1994 drawing/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 drawing fide;