Lepanthes tetrachaeta Luer & L.Jost 2000 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

TYPE Photos by J S Moreno

TYPE Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Four Haired Lepanthes [refers to its the tails of the petals and lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Colombia and Napo province of Ecuador at elevations around 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 8, long ciliate-pubescent lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical-suborbicular, obtuse to rounded, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a slender, erect, loose, 1.6" [4 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence carrying ciliate, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

Similar to L nematostele but differs markedly in the lip. The blades of the lip are thin and narrowly oblong, not adherent over the column and the apices are acuminate into equally long, slender tails, not broadly rounded and ciliate. The blades are very similar to P ictalurus. The appendix is a thin, concave, cilated, net-like membrane formed from the lower margins of the blades." Luer 2000


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Systematics of Jostia, Andinia, Barbosella, Barbrodia & Pleurothallis subgen Antilla, Effusia and Restrepioidia Luer 2000 drawing fide;

Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide;

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

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