Lepanthes sinuosa Luer & R.Escobar 1994 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

Side View of Flower

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Sebastain Moreno and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

Another Flower often sold as L sinuosa NOT = L dodsoniiFont color=red> Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep ShadeCool LATER Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Sinuous Lepanthes [refers to the sinuous leaf margin]

Flower Size .2" [3mm]

Found in Risaralda department of Colombia in wet forests at elevations around 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, sinuous ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 10, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, thin, reticulate, with a sinuate margin, ovate, acute to subacute, broadly cuneate below and contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a filiform, very congested, subsecund, .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long including the .4 to .8 [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

CAUTION!!!! The Type drawing in Orquideologia Vol 19 #2 1994 is absolutely correct but the photo that accopanied the article was incorrect, it is a photo of L dodsonii and consequentially many nurseries have them labeled as L sinuosa. The photos above by Sebastian Moreno leave little doubt as to what Luer was describing. The side view of the appendix is an exact match as well as all the other segments!

Checked type drawing W3Tropicos fide


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 19 #2 Luer 1994 drawing fide/photo not = L dodsonii Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide other than here it has a reticulate leaf; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Four new species of Lepanthes (Pleurothallidinae) from the southwestern Andes in Colombia photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide