Lepanthes praemorsa Luer & R.Escobar 1991 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

Photo by © Esteban Dominguez Vargas

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage


Common Name The Bitten Off Lepanthes [refers to the upper truncate lobes of the petals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia and Putumayo departments of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 13, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coricaceous, more or less reticulate, elliptical, acute, narrowly acuminate, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, .52 to 1.72" [1.3 to 3.8 cm] long including the .2 to 1.2" [5 to 30 mm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.

Similar to L quandi and L heteroloba which both have denticulate margins on the sepals and glabrous petals, unlike L praemorsa which has smooth margined sepals and pubescent petals.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 18(2): 143–145 Luer & Escobar 1991 Drawing fide, Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Four new species of Lepanthes (Pleurothallidinae) from the southwestern Andes in Colombia photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide