Lepanthes tachirensis Foldats 1968 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Ernesto Foldats

Common Name The Tachira Lepanthes [A State In Venezuela]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 1400 to 3400 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender to stout, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 10 to 18, pale tan, glabrous, lepanthiform sheaths with non-dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate-elliptical, acute, leaf that is cuneate below into a petiole that blooms in the winter, spring and summer on an erect, subcongested, distichous, 1.6 to 2.6" [4 to 6.5 cm] long including the .4 to 1.4 [1 to 3.5 cm] long peduncle, few to many flowered, racmose inflorescence carried behind the leaf.

"The ramicauls are tall and clad in pale, glabrous, non-dilated shaeths. The inflorescence bears colorful flowers i a subdense raceme that may be equal to the leaf in length. The sepals are acute and minutely denticulate with the laterals spreading in opposite directions, The characteriztic petals are provided with a finger-like lobule on the upper margin of the upper lobe which overlap in the naturaql position. The blades of the lip are narrow with the acute apices devoid of the blade." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Native Orchids of Colombia Vol 5 Luer 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 62 #2 1998 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide

Checked Luer drawing exact!