Lepanthes forceps Luer & R.Escobar 1984

Side View Of Flower Photos by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Deep Shade CoolColdSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Pliers-Like Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia, Norte de Santander, Arauca and Meta Colombia at elevations around 1700 to 2150 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6, close, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, broadly ovate to cordate-obtuse to rounded apically, broadly cuneate to cordate, contacted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a dense, distichous, .4" [1 cm] long including the .16 to .2" [4 to 5 mm] long peduncle, successively many flowered inflorescence arising from behind the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 2 1984 photo; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;