Lepanthes porracea Luer & R.Escobar 1997 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of Flower

Photos by Andres Posada and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Leek Green Lepanthes

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Choco and Risaralda departments of Colombia at elevations around 2150 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, thick, erect ramicauls enveloped by 12 to 15, coarsely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with oblique ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute, acuminate, cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a filiform, lax below congested above, distichous to subsecund, .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long including the peduncle, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"Vegetatively this species is distinguished by thick, strict ramicauls clothed by coarsely ciliate sheaths. The inflorescence, loosely flowered below becoming congested above, is shorter than the elliptical leaf. The sepals are bright deep-green, the dorsal acuminate and the laterals approximate into an ovate, split lamina. The petals are transversely oblong. The acute apices of the lateral sepals are thickened. The lip is not remarkable, the blades being green and ovate, and the appendix small and pubescent." Luer & Escobar 1997


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 20 #3 pg 309-310 Luer & Escobar 1997 Drawing/photo fide, Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Four new species of Lepanthes (Pleurothallidinae) from the southwestern Andes in Colombia photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide