Lepanthes tsubotae Luer & R. Escobar 1993 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Flower Closeup

Photo courtesy of Mike Grauer


Common Name Tsubota Lepanthes [Named in honor of Shigenobu Tsubota of Pereira, Colombia, who discovered this species.]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia at elevations around 1950 meters as a supermini-miniature, cool growing epiphyte with very short, erect ramicauls carrying a single, erect, elliptic, obtuse, abruptly narrows below into the base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring with a large sized flower for the size of the plant on a .84" [2.1 cm] long including the .6" [1.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence exceeding the leaf in length with echinate floral bracts.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 #7 2002 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 5 2003 photo; Orquideologia Vol 25 #1 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #6 2011 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #4 2017 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #3 2019 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;

Checked type Drawing W3Tropicos Exact Match