Lepanthes aristata Luer & R.Escobar 1985 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep ShadeColdSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Spiked Lepanthes [refers to the apex of the leaf]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Norte De Santander Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2250 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 13, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic, apically spiked, rounded and contracted basally into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, congested, secund, 1 to 1.48" [2.5 to 3.7 cm] long, including the .4 to .88" [1 to 2.2 cm] long peduncle, successively single flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

CAUTION Does not conform to Luer's drawing exactly, differs in the width of the column apex and in the petals.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 5 1985 photo; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo missing spikes on midpetals; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII 2012 drawing good

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