Lepanthes tomentosa Luer 1991 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by Wiel Driessen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

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