Lepanthes petalolenta Luer & R.Escobar 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of Flower

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage

Common Name The Markedly Developed Petal Lepanthes [refers to the size of the petals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in northwestern Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations of 1200 to 1420 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 7 blackish, non-dilated, minutely ciliate leapanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaceous, elliptical, subacute, shortly acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a slender, very congested, distichous, 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long including the 1 to 1.4" [2.5 to 3.5 cm] long peduncle, successively manyflowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and often surpasses the leaf in length.

"This species is characterized by the elliptical, shortly acuminate leaves and congested raceme borne by a long peduncle that usually lifts the raceme beyond the apex of the leaf. Most remarkable are the flowers with proportionately large petals. They are nearly as long as the length of the flower, that is, the dorsal and lateral sepals combined. The sepals and lip are not remarkable; the appendix is small, oblong, short and pubescent." Luer & Escobar 1991


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia 18: 139 Luer & Escobar 1991 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide