Lepanthes tamaensis Foldats 1968 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by Jorge Mario Munera

Another Flower

Another Angle

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Danny Lentz , plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Another Flower

Photo by Wiel Driessen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another Flower

Photo by Werner Holzmann

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Ernesto Foldats

Common Name The Tama Lepanthes [A town in Venezuela]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Antioquia and Santander departments of Colombia and in Tachira state in northwestern Venezuela at elevations around 2500 to 2800 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped completely by 3 to 4, tubular, dilated, pilose lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, oblong-elliptic to subovate-elliptic, obtuse and minutely tridenticulate apically, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on 1 to 3, erect, filiform, lax, distichous, .72 to .92" [1.8 to 2.3 cm] long including the .4 to .6 [1 to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, , successively several flowered, fractiflex inflorescence.

CAUTION I am not sure of this determination so please use with caution! Dunsterville makes mention of variability in the petals and the major problem with the second one is the petals appear different as well as the leaf is not suborbicular. Foldats TYPE drawing shows a leaf similar to this one so......... The Third photo is exact to Dunsterville & Garay as far as the flower goes. The first one is exact to Native Colombian Orchids vol 2 COS 1991.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing good; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing hmm; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing hmm; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo hmm; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing hmm; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo hmm; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide