Lepanthes furcata Luer & R.Escobar 1993 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 Photo by © Andres Posada and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

Full Shade Cool Cold Winter

Common Name The Forked Lepanthes [refers to the bifid stigma]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Choco and Valle de Cauca Colombia at elevations around 2000 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, weak, erect ramicauls enveloped by 16 to 18 lepanthiform sheaths with minutely ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, more or less decurved, from a bending of the paex of the ramicaul, purple suffused, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, acute, long-acuminate, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a slender, congested, distichous, .6 to 1.2" [1.5 to 3 cm] long including the .4 to 1" [1 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf and has acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideologia 19(1): 27-28. 1993 photo/drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;