Lepanthes tomentosa Luer 1991 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

Photo by Wiel Driessen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Common Name The Tomentose Lepanthes [refers to the pubescent mature leaf]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Cundinamarca, Valle de Cauca and Cauca departments of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations above 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 5 to 15, thin, minutely cilate, lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, reticulate to suffused with purple, glabrous in youth becoming shortly pubescent with age, elliptical-ovate, acute, slightly acuminate, sometimes concave and sulcate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a congested, secund, 1.2 " [3 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 with minutely scabrous floral bracts.

Synonyms Lepanthes dapaensis Ortiz, Perez & Para 2011

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Lindleyana 2(4): 214, 217 Luer 1987 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 28 #1 2011 as L dapaense phot/drawwing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide