Lepanthes niesseniae Luer 2003 SUBGENUS Marsipanthes SECTION Marisipanthes

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Common Name Niessen's Lepanthes [Colombian Orchid Nursery Owners Current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Newly described and found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia without collection data as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 12 to 15 microscpically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused, thinly coriaceous, elliptiacl-ovate, acute, slightly acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on a slender, very congested, secund, 2.5 to 2.8 cm] long including the .68 to .8" long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 83 #3 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;

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