Lepanthes cuatrecasasii Luer 2007 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundantion at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep Shade Cold Spring

Common Name or Meaning Cuatrecasas' Lepanthes [Spanish Botanist who collected this species early 2000's]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia at elevations around 3250 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 9, dark, lepanthiform sheaths with microscopically echinate margins and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, arising on the back of the leaf, subcongested, curved, 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, including the .6" [1.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with as long as the pedicel floral bract.

"Characterized by the stout ramicauls with dark sheaths, an ovate leaf with a shorter, subcongested raceme of successive flowers. No color notes ae present. The floral parts are glabrous,the dorsal sepal is obtuse while the lateals are acute and diverging. The lobes of the petals are oblong witha marginal angle between them. The blades of the lip are oblong wih the apices embracing the comumn. The appendix is minute." Luer 2007


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis of Ecuador Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 Luer drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 ;