Lepanthes rutkisii Foldats 1968

Drawing by © Carl Luer and TheSwiss Orchid Foundation at ther Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Common Name Rutkis’ Lepanthes [Venezuelan Botanist 1900’s]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Tachira state of Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations around 2350 to 2650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2, tubular, lightly nervose lepanthiform sheaths with somewhat hispid margins and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, spathulate, obtuse to rounded apically, mucronate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a filiform, suberect, loose, lengthening to 1" [2.5 cm] long including the .8” [2 cm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence far exceeding the leaf in length.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Vol 15 Segunda Parte Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019;