Lepanthes versicolor Luer & R.Vásquez 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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Common Name The Colorful Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [6mm]

Found in Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations around 1750 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by around 10, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptical, acute to acuminate, rounded basally leaf that blooms later spring and early summer on 1 to 2, arcuate, 2.8" [7 cm] long including the 1.6" [4 cm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence.

" Although locally abundant in one area of cloud fores, it has not been found elsewhere. Two to three flowers mature simultaneously and fruit is frequently found. The flower color is variable." Luer 1984


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; * Phytologia 55: 195. Luer & Vasquez 1984; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide;