Lepanthes jucas J.S.Moreno & S.Vieira-Uribe 2020

SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

Photo by © J S Moreno

Common Name The Jucas Lepanthes [An indigenous term for Nature]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia on the western slope of the Central Cordillera of the Andes in montane forests at elevations of 3172 to 3235 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect to suberect, slender, stout, ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 8, lepanthiform sheaths with dilated, acuminate ostia and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, slightly revolute margins, with an abaxial apiculum in the middle, cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on 2 to 3 congested, peduncle to 1" [2.5 cm] long, loose, distichous, flexuous, on the underside of the leaf, to 2.8" [7 cm] long, overall, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with deltoid, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Lepanthes jucas is similar to Lepanthes cornualis Luer & R.Escobar, but can be easily distinguished by its elliptical–lanceolate leaves (vs. narrowly elliptical); strongly papillose petals (vs. minutely pubescent, shortly papillose), transversely bilobed with falcate, triangular lobes (vs. lobes narrowly triangular) and bilaminate lip with the blades hispid, obovate to oblong with an ovate appendix (vs. narrowly obovate blades and a minute bilobed appendix)." Moreno & Viera


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*LANKESTERIANA 20(2) Moreno & Vieira-Uribe 2020 drawing/photo fide;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 photo fide;