Lepanthes quandi Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

Leaf and Flower Photos by Fransisco Tobar and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage


Common Name The Cane Sugar Candy Lepanthes [an allusion to the fancied appearance of the flowers]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia and Putumayo Colombia at elevations around 1850 to 2650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 6 to 12, close, microscopically ciliate to scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, ovate to elliptical, more or less obtuse, acuminate or abruptly contracted into a linear apical segment, tridentate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall through later spring on a filiform, congested, .36 to .64" [.9 to 1.6 cm] long including the .12 to .4" [3 to 10 mm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.

Similar L heteroloba both of which have denticulate margins on the sepals and glabrous petals but L quandi differs in the cuneate connectives that are inserted below the middle of the blade, and L praemorsa which has smooth margined sepals and pubescent petals.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 53:924 [1984] drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;