Lepanthes posadae Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

Side View of Flower

Photos by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

TYPE Photo

TYPE drawing

TYPE Photo by Rodrigo Escobar/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name Posada's Lepanthes [Colombian Orchid Nurseryman Current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador on the western slopes of the Andes at elevations around 1300 to 1900 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 11 to 23, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, thinly coriaceous, convex, elliptical-ovate, acute, cuneate to rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, congested, 1.2 to 2.6" [3 to 6.5 cm] long including the [1.5 to 5 cm] long peduncle, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

Charaterized by the large habit , thin ovate, acuminate leaves with the congested inflorescence borne along the back side, green petals with a purple margin and a marginal, finger-like process and thin blades of the lip adherent over the column. The appendix is large, oblong and ciliate." LUer 1996

There are 3 other species within Cololmbia that are very similar, L janitor, L agglutinata and L pilosaures which all have petals subequal in length and an uncinate process between the lobes.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * AOS Bulletin Vol 53 # 5 pg 479 1984 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of the Pleurothallidinae Vol 1 1986 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide; W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;