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

Side View of Flower

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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


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