Lepanthes uncifera Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

photo/TYPE Drawing by S Manning/Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Hook Bearing Lepanthes [refers to the lower lobes of the petals]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Antioquia and Choco departments of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2600 to 2700 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped completely by 17 to 18, microscopically ciliate-scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, oblong, acute, acuminate, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the short petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a, filiform, very congested, distichous, 2.2 to 2.6" [5.5 to 6.5 cm] long including the 1.6 to 2 [4 to 5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"This robust species with congested racemes shorter than the leaves is distinguished by the long-pubescent petals with an uncinate lower lobe." Luer & Escobar 1984


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * AOS Bulletin VOl 53 #5 1984 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;