Lepanthes prolifera Foldats 1969 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

photo by Sebastian Viera and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Ernesto Foldats

Common Name The Prolific Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in northwestern [Tachira state] Venezuela and Arauca department of Colombia at elevations around 2900 to 3100 meters as a small sized, cold growing, proliferating epiphyte or terrestrial lithophyte, with proliferating, slender, ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 13, tubular, lepanthiform sheaths the newer ones with dilated ostia and carrying a single, suberect, slightly coriaceous, lanceolate to widely lanceolate, acuminate, slightly tridenticulate apically, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, congested, 1.13" [2.8 cm] long including the .72" [1.8 cm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Vol XV Segunda Parte Foldats 1970 Drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Parte 2 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide;Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;