Lepanthes deficiens Luer & R.Escobar 1988 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Full Shade Cold Spring

Common Name The Wanting Lepanthes [refers to the fragile appendix which was missing in some specimens]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia and Boyaca Colombia at elevations around 2400 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 12, long attenuate, minutely cilate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, thinly coriaceous, erect, more or less purple reticulate beneath, ovate, subacute, narrowly attenuate apically, cuneate to rounded below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, congested, disitchous, .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long including the .2 to .6" [.5 to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia 17[3]: 174-178 Luer & Escobar 1988 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;