Lepanthes smaragdina Luer & R. Escobar 1994 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes Photo by © Brian S. at The Seattle Orchid Website

Another flower

Flower and Leaf

Flower and Leaf Photo by © Milan Vagner

Common Name The Emerald Green Lepanthes

Flower Size .24” [6 mm]

Found in Antioquia Colombia at elevations around 1600 to 1700 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 13 to 14, leapnthiform sheaths with dilate, ciliate ostia and carrying a single, purple suffused, glabrous to minutely pubescent, concave sulcate, spreading, coriaceous, ovate, acute, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, within the sulcus of the top of the leaf, congested, secund, .8 to 1” [2 to 2.5 cm] long including the .4 to .6” [1 to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence.

The first photo is closest to Luer’s drawing and description, the other photos are of a variety of the same or a very similar species that differs mainly in the thiner dorsal sepal and the colors.

This species is close to L manabina but differs in the broadly ovate, obtuse, tailless and not concave dorsal sepal and the lateral sepals are connate to form an ovate synsepal with an acute split apex. Also similar is L ortiziana, but it has lateral sepals that are spreading rather than approximate and the petals are wider with more or less uncinate, incurved upper lobes.

Checked type W3Tropicos OK


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;