Lepanthes profusa Luer & Hirtz 1990 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Common Name The Profuse Lepanthes [refers to the floriferous nature of this species]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in the Meta Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations around 2800 to 3400 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 14, glabrous, close fitting lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute to lightly acuminate, rounded to broadly cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a racemose, congested, 2.6 to 2.8" [6.5 to 7 cm] long including the .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

This species has been considered by many to be a synonym of L caudatisepala but Luer in 2012 states that there are enough differences to keep it as a separate species. L caudatisepala has flowers with smooth margined sepals and a lip with flat blades but on the other hand L profusa has denticulate margined sepals and a lip with the blades indented above the middle.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;