Lepanthes tsubotae Luer & R. Escobar 1993 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Mike Grauer

LATE EARLY

Common Name Tsubota Lepanthes [Named in honor of Shigenobu Tsubota of Pereira, Colombia, who discovered this species.]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Valle de Cauca Colombia at elevations around 1950 meters as a supermini-miniature, cool growing epiphyte with very short, erect ramicauls carrying a single, erect, elliptic, obtuse, abruptly narrows below into the base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring with a large sized flower for the size of the plant on a .84" [2.1 cm] long including the .6" [1.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence exceeding the leaf in length with echinate floral bracts.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 5 2003 photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;

Checked type Drawing W3Tropicos Exact Match

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