Lepanthes reticulata Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 53: 608 Luer & Escobar 1984

Full shade Cool Cold Fall Winter

Common Name The Reticulate Lepanthes [refers to the reticulate leaf]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 1730 to 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphtye with suberect, very slender stems enveloped completely by 6 to 9, close, glabrous except for the microscopically ciliate ostia, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, thinly coriaceous, intensely reticulate with purple on green, narrowly ovate, acute, acuminate, tridenticulate, cuneate below into the base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a congested, distichous, .8" [2 cm] long including the .32" [8 mm] long peduncle, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

"Distinguished by the narrowly ovate, reticulated leaves with acuminate, prominently three-toothed apices. The sepals are broadly ovate and obtuse, the upper lobe of the petals is much larger than the lower lobe and the lip is very small and pubescent with a pubescentm tongue-like appendix." Luer 1984


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 53: 608 Luer & Escobar 1984 drawing /photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;