Lepanthes agglutinata Luer 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae 1996 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Deep shadeWarmColdFall Winter Spring

Common Name The Glued Together Lepanthes [refers to the blades of the lip]

Flower Size .1" [2mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1000 to 2400 meters as a small sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 16, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, often purple suffused, ovate, acute, long acuminate, cuneate below into the rounded contracted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall, winter and spring on a slender, on the back of the leaf, 2" [5 cm] long, congested, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence

Most distinguished by the very congested, many flowered raceme that lies behind the often purple suffused leaf carrying rather large, transluscent flowers with emerald green petals edged in dark purple and has a slender lobule on the outer margin and a pair of thin membraneous blades of the lip that are adherent over the column. The appendix is compartaively large and boat-shaped.

There are 3 other species within Cololmbia that are very similar, L janitor, L posadae and L pilosaures which all have petals subequal in length and an uncinate process between the lobes.

Synonyms Lepanthes porphyrea Luer & R.Escobar 1984;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 #9 1984 photo as L porphyrea; Native Colombian Orchids VOl 2 COS 1991 as L porphyrea photo fide; native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII 2012 drawing fide

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