Lepanthes zapatae Luer & R.Escobar 1994

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo by Rodrigo Escobar/ TYPE drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaira Website


Common Name Zapata’s Lepanthes [Colombian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in lowland forests at elevations above 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with comparitively stout, erect ramicauls enveloped completely by 7 to 8, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, .52 to .6” [1.3 to 1.5 cm] long including the .32 to .4” [8 to 10 mm] peduncle, successively 2, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf with muriculate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideologia Vol 19 #2 1994 photo/drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019;