Lepanthes vibrissa Luer & Hirtz 1987 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo by Rodrigo Escobar/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Whiskered Lepanthes [refers to long, pointed lobes of the petals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia and northern Ecuador at elevations around 2200 to 2250 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with an erect, stout ramicaul enveloped by 12 to 14, long-ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostiacarrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, ovate , acute to acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a filiform, congested, disitchous, 2.8 to 3.2" [7 to 8 cm] long including the 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long peduncle, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

Similar to L urotepala, L dicyrtopetala, L silverstoneii and L antennata


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids VOl 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;