Lepanthes tibouchinicola Luer & R.Escobar 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

Plant in situ Antioquia Colombia 5/6/14

Plant in situ Antioquia Colombia 5/6/14

Photos by Jay Pfahl


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana Bogota Colombia

Common Name The Tibouchina-Loving Lepanthes [A tree commonly called Siete-cueros or 7 leather tree]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cold temperate forests at elevations around 2500 to 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4 close, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, narrowly cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a progressively lengthening, secund, sublaxly, to 9.2" [23 cm] long including the 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long peduncle, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence with only 2 to 3 flowers open at any one time.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 12 1983 Drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide; Checked tropicos type OK