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Lepanthes atomifera Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo by Rodrigo Escobar/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Full Shade Cool LATER Spring

Common Name The Small Particle Carrying Lepanthes [refers to the miniscule appendix]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations above 1830 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 8, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, more or less spreading, purple beneath, coriaceous, ovate, acute, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a filiform, very congested, secund, .36 to .48" [.9 to 1.2 cm] long including the .16 to .26" [4 to 7 mm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

The appendix of this small species is a microscopic, triangular process in the deep sinus of the lip. The blades of the lip are microscopically pubescent and the petals are glabrous." Luer 1984

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * American Orchid Society Bulletin Vol 53 #1 pg 26, Luer & Escobar 1984 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;

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