Lepanthes tanekes Luer & R.Escobar 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Long Pointed Lepanthes [refers to the long acuminate apex of the leaf]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Narino department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 1600 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by to 7, close, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, purple veined, ovate, acute, long-acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a slender, very congested, distichous, .72 to .92" [1.5 to 1.7 cm] long including the .4 to .48” [1 to 1.2 cm] long peduncle, successively many flowered, inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.

"Vegetatively this species is distinguished by the long-acuminate apex of the leaves, a character shared by many species; the very congested. dislichous raceme borne on top of the leaf; a broadly ovate dorsal sepal and synsepal; bilobed petals with a narrowly acute lower lobe; and a thick, ovoid, bisegmented appendix." Luer & Escobar 1991

Part of the L mucronata complex.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 18(2): 148. Luer & Escobar 1991 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing fide;