Lepanthes yubarta E Calderon 2010 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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Common Name The Whale Like Lepanthes [refers to the curved column]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia at elevations around 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 8, lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, pale green above, purplish beneath ovate-lanceolate, obtuse , mucronate, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on various, filiform, congested, distichous, each of different lengths, to .48 to .64" [1.2 to 1.6 cm] long including the .2 to .36" [5 to 9 mm] long peduncle, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

Similar to L pterygion but differs in the larger habit, the coloration of the yellow sepals, the purple column and the yellow lateral lobes of the lip, the more curved, relatively larger, no lateral expansions on the distal half, also the lateral lobes are glabrous, flat and rounded .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología Vol 22 #1 Luer 2001 drawing/photo fide; ; Orquideologia Vol 29 #1 2012 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo ok;