Lepanthes solicitor Luer & R.Escobar 1985 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

Photo by Rob S and Orchid Board Photo Website

Side View of Flower

Photo by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Photo

TYPE drawing

TYPE Photo by Rodrigo Escobar/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 1 pg 58 Luer & Escobar 1985


Common Name The Enticer Lepanthes [refers to the appendix "S" shaped alluring look to pollinators]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia in wet forests at elevations around 1800 to 2250 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 11, close fitting, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, thinly coriaceous, purple beneath, erect, ovate, long-acuminate, rounded to cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring and summer on a filiform, congested, distichous, 1.52" [3.8 cm] long including the 1.2 [3 cm] long peduncle, successively flowered inflorescence arising on the top to beyond the apex of the leaf.

"Characterized by the ovate, long-acuminate leaves usually surpassed by the inflorescence. The congested raceme is borne by a hair-like peduncle often as long as the leaf so that the large flower hangs over the apex of the leaf. The flower is most remarkable for the large, intricate, pubescent appendix hinged from the sinus. It is sigmoid in lateral view, saccate with three terminal tufts of hair." Luer & Escobar 1985

Part of the L mucronata complex which includes L habenifera


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 1 pg 58 Luer & Escobar 1985 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 fide