Lepanthes phalloides Luer & R.Escobar 1999 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage


Common Name The Phallus-Like Lepanthes [refers to the appendix shape]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Boyaca department of Colombia at elevations around 2300 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 18 microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coricaceous, sulcate, ovate, acute, slightly acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a filiform, congested, subsecund, .68 to .88" [1.7 to 2.2 cm] long including the .2 to .4" [5 to 10 mm] long peduncle, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

"This species is known only from the original collection in the Eastern Cordillera. It is distinguished by the small, narrowly ovate, thickly coriaceous leaf that is sulcate medially where the inflorescence lies. The sepals resemble some of those found in Bolivia. In pickled flowers , a brownish, cellular pigmentation is seen on the peripheral fourth of the sepals that is not concave. Medial to the pigmentation the sepals are abruptly concave. The lateral sepals are completely connate into an ovate, concave synsepal. The petals are long-pubescent with an oblong upper lobe, a long, narrow lower lobe, and a filiform , shorter middle lobe. The blades of the lip are born by short, broad connectives that form a broad, concave body. From the anterior margin a prominent, elongate appendix protrudes. The apex is concave within incurved margins. Luer & Escobar 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 21 #2 pg 154 Luer & Escobar 1999 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;