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Lepanthes aquila-borussiae Rchb.f. 1854 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Type drawing Photo by S Manning/Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Full Shade Cold LATER Spring

Common Name The Prussian Eagle Lepanthes [refers to fancied appearance of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Santander and Norte de Santander Colombia at elevations of 2550 to 3150 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 8, long ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect, congested, distichous, congested, .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long including the .2 to .4" [.5 to 1 cm] long peduncle, successively few to many flowered inflorescence with echinate floral bracts.

CAUTION I am not convinced that the photo is truely L aquila-borussiae so please use with caution. The drawing is correct.

Synonyms Lepanthes rabei Foldats 1968

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;

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