Lepanthes hortensis Luer & R.Escobar 1988SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronata

Red Flower form?Photos by Andres Posada and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

Full Shade Cold Fall Winter LATER Spring

Common Name The Garden Lepanthes [latin for garden and refers to the town of Jardin near where the species was discovered]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia Colombia at elevations around 2800 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, more or less arching ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 17, minutely scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, thinly coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, elliptical-ovate, acute, long-acuminate, cuneate to rounded below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall through later spring on a filiform, congested, 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long including the 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 mm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

Similar to L mucronata but differs in the large, pubescent, tongue-like appendix and also similar to l Quadi but differs from it in being a larger palnt, larger orange flowers and petals with a longer, slender, medial apiculum.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;