Lepanthes microscopica Luer & R.Escobar 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

TYPE Drawing TYPE Photo by Rodrigo Escobar/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Common Name The Tiny Lepanthes [refers to the flowers size]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2050 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 8, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse to subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, congested, .28 to .48" [7 to 12 mm] long including the .08 to .28" [2 to 7 mm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

CAUTION The Drawing is absolutely correct, the photo on the other hand is suspect even though it was in the type article, the column should be elongate and protrude out by itself, and the petals should be below the column instead of surrounding it.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 52: # 12 1268 Luer & Escobar 1983 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing fide;

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