Lepanthes renzii Luer 2009 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves SERIES Filamentosae

TYPE drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage


Common Name Renzís Lepanthes [Swiss collector of species 1900ís]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Cundinamarca department of Colombia at elevations around 3400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 5,pubescent and ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical to elliptical ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on 1 to 3, densely, 1.4" [3.5 cm] long including the peduncle, successively many flowered inflorescence. with muricate floral bracts

"This small species was collected by Otto Renz at a high altitude in the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia. It is distinguished by minute, successively multi-flowered racemes about as long as the leaf. The sepals are acute, the laterals being single-veined. The lobes of the petals are filamentous, about equal in length, and about as long as a sepal. The blades of the lip flank a decurving column, and form a broad body beneath that is connate to the column near the middle, and with a closed or very acute sinus, with an external, recurved, capillary appendix.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 30: 13 Luer & Escobar 2009 Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing hmm/photo good;