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

Leaf and Flower

Photos by Fransisco Tobar and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Cane Sugar Candy Lepanthes [an allusion to the fancied appearance of the flowers]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia and Putumayo Colombia at elevations around 1850 to 2650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 6 to 12, close, microscopically ciliate to scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, ovate to elliptical, more or less obtuse, acuminate or abruptly contracted into a linear apical segment, tridentate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall through later spring on a filiform, congested, .36 to .64" [.9 to 1.6 cm] long including the .12 to .4" [3 to 10 mm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.

Similar L heteroloba both of which have denticulate margins on the sepals and glabrous petals but L quandi differs in the cuneate connectives that are inserted below the middle of the blade, and L praemorsa which has smooth margined sepals and pubescent petals.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; ** AOS Bulletin 53[9]: 924, Luer & Escobar 1984 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing ok;