Lepanthes platysepala Luer & R.Escobar 1994 GENUS Lepanthes SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Luer 1994

Another angle

Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Plant and Flower

Photo by Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Luer


Common Name Broad Sepal Lepanthes

Flower Size .4" [1mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations of 1900 to 2400 meters as a medium sized [in length], cool to cold growing epiphyte with a very short ramicaul enveloped by 2 ciliate, imbricating, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, pendant, coriaceous, pubescent, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, 3 veined leaf that blooms in the spring on an ascending, congested, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with a ciliate floral bract.

Very similar to the widespread L pilosella, but L platysepala is readily recognized by the usually spotted, erect, obovate dorsal sepal that is only shallowly concave or sometimes nearly flat. Usually five veins are present, but often there is a vestigial pair of veins between well developed veins, so that five or seven veins can occur intermixed. Instead of being held within a deeply concave, striped dorsal sepal as in L. pilosella, the petals, lip and column are more or less exposed.

Synonyms Andinia platysepala (Luer & R.Escobar) Karremans & S.V.Uribe 2017; Brachycladium platysepalum (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2005; Neooreophilus platysepalus (Luer & R.Escobar) Archila 2009; Oreophilus platysepalus (Luer & R.Escobar) Archila 2009; Penducella platysepala (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XI Luer 1994 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Dryadella and Acronia section Macrophyllae-Fasiculatae Luer 2005 as Brachycladium platysepalum; Selbyana 29(2): 202-8. Archila 2009 as Oreophilus platysepalus; Orchid Digest 74(2): 69. Luer 2010 as Penducella platysepala; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Andinia platysepala photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 as Andinia platysepala photo fide