Lepanthes sylvilagus E Restrepo, J S Moreno, L Baquero and S Vierra-Uribe 2022 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing Photo/TYPE Drawing by and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Cotton-Tail Lepanthes [refers to the petals that resemble the ears of a cottontail rabbit [Sylvilagus sp.]]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in secondary forests along streams on branches and trunks heavily covered by moss at elevations around 2800 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with suberect to horizontal ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 9, minutely ciliate along the ribs, lepanthiform sheaths with ciliate, acuminate, and dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, suffused with purple abaxially, lanceolate, the apex attenuate, emarginate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at least in the late fall and early winter on a few, congested, distichous, successively flowered raceme, up to .32" [8 mm] long, born on the abaxial side of the leaf by a filiform peduncle .12 to .24" [3 to 6 mm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with ovate, ciliate, acuminate, longer than the pedicels floral bracts.

"Lepanthes sylvilagus is most similar to L. alcicornis in the plant habit and general flower morphology, but easily distinguished by the transversely bilobed petals, with the upper lobe oblong to narrowly triangular and twice the length of the ovate, narrowly triangular lower lobe (vs. transversely bilobed petals with both lobes similar in length the lower lobe variably bifurcate, with narrowly linear-triangular lobes)." E Restrepo and S Vierra-Uribe 2022


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lankesteriana 22(1): 108 E Restrepo, J S Moreno, L Baquero and S Vierra-Uribe 2022 drawing/photo fide;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 photo fide;