Lepanthes argentata Luer & R.Escobar 1988 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Full Shade Cold Winter LATE Spring

Common Name The Silvered Lepanthes [refers to the crystals easily seen in specimens of the flowers]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Norte de Santander Colombia at elevations of 2000 to 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, very slender ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 9, thin, tight fitting, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter through late spring on a filiform, loose, 1.6 to 1.68" [4 to 4.2 cm] long including the .4 to .48" [1 to 1.2 cm] long peduncle, successively several flowered inflorescence with echinate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia 17[3]: 150-153, Luer & Escobar 1988 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;