Lepanthes maria-victoriae Luer & Thoerle 2011 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

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Common Name Maria Victoria's Lepanthes [Sra Posada - Colombian Nurserywoman current]

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in Antioquia Colombia at elevations around 2500 to 2700 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by up to 13, densely long-ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with acuminate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, purple suffused beneath, coriaceous, ovate, acute, slightly acuminate, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on 1 to 2, congested, 3.4 to 3.6" [8.5 to 9 cm] long including the .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

A larger plant with a shorter than, arising on the back of the large acute leaf with white, broad, obtuse and shortly acuminate sepals, the laterals subconnate, petals are transversly oblong with rounded ends and the blades of the lip are ovate with narrowly cuneate connectives. The minute appendix is finger shaped.

Similar to the pale sepaled, brightly colored petaled L medusa but it differs in the larger flowers with petals with long narrow lobes.

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

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