Lepanthes rutrum Luer & R.Escobar 1994 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Flower closeup

Another Angle

Plant and Flower

Photos by Milan Vagner

Another Flower

Photo by Jay Pfahl

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Spade-Like Lepanthes [refers to the leaf shape]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in the Valle de Cauca department of Colombia at elevations around 1350 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 4 to 5, white, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical erect, thickly coriaceous, rigid, ovate, rounded, apically mucronate, abruptly narrows to the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, dense, distichous, .5 to .8" [1.25 to 2 cm] long including the .32 to .6 [8 to 15 mm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 19 #2 1994 photo/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide CHECKED TYPE W3Tropicos drawing fide;