Lepanthes prolifera Foldats 1969

SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

photo by Sebastian Viera and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

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 ; 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;