Lepanthes tatamae S.Vieira-Uribe & J.S.Moreno 2018 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo/TYPE Drawing by Sebastian Vieira and The Research Gate Webpage


Common Name The Tatama Lepanthes [A mountain within the Parque Nacional Tatama in Colombia]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Risaralda department of Colombia at elevations arond 1470 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by up to 5, brown lepanthiform sheaths minutely ciliate along the ribs ending in a dilated acute ostia with minutely ciliate margins and carrying a single, apical, green, more or less horizontal, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptic, acute, emarginate apically with a small mucro, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the earlier winter on a shorter than the leaf, arising on the bottom of the leaf, peduncle filiform, terete, .36 to .4" [.9 to 1 cm] long, rachis filiform, terete, .2 to .24" [5 to 6 mm] long, congested, distichous, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with sparsely glandular, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying resupinate flowers.

"Lepanthes tatamae S. Vieira-Uribe & J. S. Moreno (Fig. 5 & 6) belongs to SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes , and among the species of that subsection it can be recognized by very small plants with erect, thickly coriaceous leaves; the congested, successively-flowered raceme borne below the leaf blade and its flowers with ovate and acuminate beige sepals, transversely bilobed, infl exed and minutely ciliate, yellow and burgundy petals and a distinctive yellow and burgundy lip that embraces the column, that is widely cordate and incised at the base into two elliptical to triangular lobes when expanded. Within subsect. Lepanthes, it is most similar to L. estrellensis, a species of similarly colored and sized flowers that was originally described from La Estrella, Cartago, Costa Rica, by Oakes Ames in 1923 and has been found only in Costa Rica, to date. From it, L. tatamae can be easily separated by having elliptical to triangular (vs. reniform in L. estrellensis) lobes of the lip and the petals with inflexed, ovate to triangular lobes (vs. not inflexed, oblong, obtuse in L. estrellensis)." Vieira and Moreno 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Orquideologia 35: 177 2018 2 new species of Lepanthes From the Tatama National Park drawing/photo fide;

Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 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;