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Lepanthes habenifera Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae 1996 Photo by Sebastian Viera and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

Common Name The Strap Bearing Lepanthes [refers to the appendix shape]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with weak, slender, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 10 close, minutely scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single apical, suberect to spreading, thinly coriaceous, ovate, acuminate, acute, rounded below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, .6" [1.5 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, successively flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

Related to L mucronata and L sobrina but differs in the smooth, truncate upper lobes of the petals, the broad connectives of the blades of the lip and the large, strap-shaped appendix.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *The AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 4 Luer & Escobar 1984 photo/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;

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