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

Photo by Esteben Dominguez Vargas and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Awl-Shaped Lepanthes [refers to the apex of the leaf]

Flower Size .12 [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 1850 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with suberect, very slender ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 11, thin, close, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, thinly coriaceous, reticulate, elliptical-ovate, acute, contrated apically into a linear segment, tridenticulate, middle tooth longest, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a, filiform, very congested, .64 to 1 [1.4 to 2.5 cm] long including the .24 to .68 [6 to 17 mm] long peduncle, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.

"This weak little species is similar to many others with very slender ramicauls bearing leaves with an elongated, subulate apex. The short, congested raceme bears small flowers with obtuse sepals, bilobed petals and a lip with thin, adherent blades borne above the column by narrow connectives." Luer 1984


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 53: 609 Luer & Escobar 1984 drawing /photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide