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

Side View of Flower

photos by Sebastian Vieira and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Satiny Lepanthes [refers to the surface of the leaves]

Flower Size .12 [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6, minutely cilaite lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, satiny dark green above, purple beneath, broadly ovate, obtuse, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a filiform, dense, distichous, , long pedicellate, to .52 to .72 [1.3 to 1.8 cm] long including the .2 to .4 [5 to 10 mm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf with echinate floral bracts.

"Characterizxed by the erect, broadly ovate, dark, satiny green leaves, purple on the back surface where the eracemes are borne. The satuiny texture of the leaves is not uniq ue but it is a prominent feature of this species. The bilobed petals are essentially glabrous but the lip is coarsely pubescent. The small appendix is situated on teh exernal surface of the body of the lip." Luer 1984


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 53: 1048 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