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

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

Although long-pointed lobes of the petals are present in several species, this species differs in the large habit and congested racemes. The large sepals are minutely denticulate and acuminate. The minutely pubescent blades of the lip are longitudinally convex. The appendix is pubescent and minutely bilobulate art the apex." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lindleyana 2: 155 Luer & Hirtz 1987 Drawing fideNative Colombian Orchids VOl 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador 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;