Lepanthes scalaris Luer 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by Gast [Christian] and Orchideen Forum Germany Website

Deep ShadeCold fallWinter

Common Name or Meaning The Ladder-Like Lepanthes [refers to the plants habit of growing another ramicaul out of the apex of another]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Colombia and northern Ecuador in scrub cloud forests at elevations aound 3200 to 3400 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7, close, lepanthiform sheaths with minutely ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a filiform, loose, to 2/8" [to 7 cm] long including the 1.2 [3 cm] long peduncle, successively many flowered inflorescence.

This species has a habit of growing another ramicaul out of the apex of an older mature ramicaul and has an inflorescence that well exceeds the length of the leaves .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing good