Lepanthes larvina Luer & R. Escobar 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Richard Ashby and hisOrchid Photo Website.

Another Flower

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Flower and Leaf

Photo by Nigel Carter

Flower Closeup

Photo by Eric Hunt, Plant grown by Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens.

Full shade cool To Cold LATER Spring To EARLY Summer

Common Name The With Larva Lepanthes [refers to the appearance of the appendix]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia and Choco departments of Colombia at elevations of 1800 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 4 to 7, dark colored, close, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical erect, coriaceous, purple suffused, cordate, acute, abruptly narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring through early summer on a 1 to few, dense, distichous, .6 to .72" [15 to 18 mm] long including the .4 to .52" [1 to 1.3 cm] long peduncle, successively flowered inflorescence arising from behind the leaf and holding the flowers close to mid leaf.

Similar to L hirpex but it has deeply connate lateral sepals, broader lobes of the petals and an appendix in the sinus of the lip.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 53 #2 1984 photo; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo ok; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo ok?;

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