Lepanthes niesseniae Luer 2003 SUBGENUS Marsipanthes SECTION Felinae Luer 1986

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower

Photo by Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade LATER Summer

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

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

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 microscopically 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.

"Characterized by a medium sized, caespitose habit and a very congested, successively flowered, secund raceme shorter than the elliptical leaf. The dorsal sepal is larger than the acute, triangular, lateral sepals. The petals are reminiscent of those of L lucifer. The upper lobes are prominent, thick and bossselated. The minute lip has verrucose, cuneate lobes that flank the column." Luer 2003


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Revista de la Sociedad Boliviana de Botanica 4[3]: 3-24 Luer 2003 drawing fide; 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;