Lepanthes pleurothallopsis Luer & R.Escobar 1994 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae Luer 1993

TYPE Drawing

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

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Pleurothallis Like Lepanthes

Flower Size .44" [1 cm]

Found in Quindio department of Colombia at elevations around 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized [inflorescence excluded], cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 6, coarsely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, spreading, coricaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a long, flexible, loose, 12" [30 cm] long including the 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long peduncle, successively 2 to 3, many flowered inflorescence carrying large, not opening well, non-resupinate flowers.

"This remarkable species with its long raceme of large. partially open, nonresupinate flowers superficially resembles some species of Pleurothallis. A few of the colorful flowers are open simultaneously as the flexible raceme gradually lengthens, reaching at least 12" [30 cm]. The sepals, white with conspicuous red stripes, are incompletely spreading so that the typically Lepanthes-like petals and lip are not easily visible, reinforcing the appearance of a Pleurothallis. The long, pointed, concave "dorsal sepal" is lowermost in the natural position on the rachis." Luer & Escobar 1994

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 19 #2 pg 107 Luer & Escobar 1994 Drawing/photo fide, Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide

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