Lepanthes alkaia Luer & R.Escobar 1985 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Full Shade ColdLATER Summer

Common Name The Lion's Tail Lepanthes [refers to the long pubescent appendix with a shaggy tip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Santander Colombia at elevations around 2150 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7, shortly ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, suberect to spreading, coriaceous, ovate, acute, acuminate, rounded to cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a filiform, congested, distichous, .66 to .8" [1.7 to 2 cm] long including the .48 to .6" [1.2 to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *American Orchid Society Bulletin 54: 580 Luer & Escobar [1985] drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;