IOSPE PHOTOS

Lepanthes troxis Luer & R.Escobar 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 Photo by Ecuagenera Orchid Website

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Caterpillar Lepanthes [refers to the seemingly gnawed petals and the prescence of a caterpillar-like appendix]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cundinamarca and Risaralda Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2700 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 12, coarsely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with dilate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, dark purple, immature leaves ovate, acute, flat, the mature leaves spreading, narrowly ovate, acute, acuminate, revolute and undulate margined, mid rib prominent beneath, the rounded, convex and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms late spring through early fall on a filiform, subdense, [1.6 to 1.8 cm] long including ther [8 to 10 mm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia 18: 150 Luer & Escobar1991 darwing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;

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