Lepanthes heptapus Luer & R.Escobar 1983

SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage

Full Shade Cool Cold LATER Spring

Common Name The Seven Footed Lepanthes [refers to the lobes of the petals and appendix]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia Colombia at elevations around 2000 to 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 8, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, coriaceous, subconduplicate, lanceolate, truncate apex conspicuously tridentate, gradually narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform,congested, secund, .52 to .6" [1.3 to 1.5 cm] long including the .32 to .4" [8 to 10 mm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

There are three Colombian species with similar filiform segments to the petals, L aguirre differs in its larger flower size and caudate sepals, L hexapus differs in its wider ovate leaves and a lip with a much shorter, ovoid appendix and L skeleton which differs in the broader leaves, very long pedicellate, disitichous racemes, almost completely connate lateral sepals and a lip with a thick appendix shorter than the blades .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;