Lepanthes acutissima Luer & R.Escobar 1994 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Type Drawing TYPE Photo by Rodrigo Escobar/TYPEDrawing by Carl Luer and the The Epidendra Website

Deep Shade Cold LATER Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Sharpest Lepanthes [refers to the sepals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Risaralda Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2400 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 12 to 14, close fitting, microscopically ciliate-scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, ovate, acuminate, rounded below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a filiform, to 2.8" [to 7 cm] long including the 1 to 1.4" [2.5 to 3.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with acuminate floral bracts and arising from behind the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia 19(2): 73-83. Luer & R.Escobar 1994 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII 2012 drawing fide