Lepanthes arbuscula Luer & R.Escobar 1993

Leaf and Flower

Photos by Alexander Hirtz

Another Flower

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Full ShadeCold LATEFall THROUGH Spring

Common Name The Little Tree-Like Lepanthes [refers to the stout, branching ramicaul]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southern Colombia in the department of Cauca near el Vulcan de Purace at elevations of 2900 to 3200 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout, superposed ramicauls enveloped by 12 to 13, lepanthiform sheaths with microscopically scabrous margins and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute, shortly acuminate, cuneate to rounded below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall through spring on a slender, loose, 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long including the 1 to 1.4" [2.5 to 3.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with acute floral bracts.

The photo was taken within the national park of Vulcan de Purace 6/07.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;