Lepanthes escobariana Garay 1969

SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

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Common Name Escobar's Lepanthes [Colombian Orchid Enthusiast 20th cen]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm] long 3/5" [1.5 cm] wide

Found in Antioquia department of Colomiba in cloud forest as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6 ribbed, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, loose, flexuous, arching then pendent, 8" [20 cm] long including the 2" [5 cm] long peduncle, successively 2, many flowered inflorescence.

"This remarkable plant perhaps most closely resembles Lepanthes eleanorae Foldats, but the latter species from Venezuela has smaller flowers and very dissimilar petals." Garay 1969

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 12 3/4 1977/8; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 12 1983 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;

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