Lepanthes tetracola Luer & R.Escobar 1994 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Four-Legged Lepanthes [refers to the long blades of the petals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2500 to 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 7 to 9, microscopically cilate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, subsecund, .32 to .4" [8 to 10 mm] long including the .12 to .2 [3 to 5 mm] long peduncle, successively several flowered, inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf with.

"This species is distinguished by exceedingly long, narrow petals that are longer than the combined dorsal and lateral sepals. The sepals are cellular-denticulate. The blades of the lip are glabrous except for the minutely ciliate apices. The appendix is reduced to a bit of amorphous membrane associated with a short, cylindrical process from the stigma." Luer & Escobar 1994


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 19 #2 pg 116 Luer & Escobar 1994 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;