Lepanthes profusa Luer & Hirtz 1990 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Common Name The Profuse Lepanthes [refers to the floriferous nature of this species]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Meta department of Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations around 2800 to 3400 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 14, glabrous, close fitting lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute to lightly acuminate, rounded to broadly cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a racemose, congested, 2.6 to 2.8" [6.5 to 7 cm] long including the .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

This species has been considered by many to be a synonym of L caudatisepala but Luer in 2012 states that there are enough differences to keep it as a separate species. L caudatisepala has flowers with smooth margined sepals and a lip with flat blades but on the other hand L profusa has denticulate margined sepals and a lip with the blades indented above the middle.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019; Phytotaxa 422 (3) Zambrano 2019 Drawing