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The Little Tree-like Lepanthes

Lepanthes arbuscula

Description:

small orchid, terrestrial

Habitat:

cloudforest, 3300m

Notes:

I spotted this along the trail to the San Juan Thermals in Purace national park. These were on a steep slope on the side of the trail and it took some careful maneuvering to set up my tripod to get shots.

1 Species ID Suggestions

The Little Tree-like Lepanthes
Lepanthes arbuscula http://www.orchidspecies.com/leparbuscula.htm


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11 Comments

dandoucette
dandoucette 5 years ago

Thanks Michele and Matti for the ID. Looks like a match as the link is from the exact location I spotted it in.

MattiNiissalo
MattiNiissalo 5 years ago

It's more or less a guess from me, but a close match to L. arbuscula. L. ingridiana is otherwise very similar but has much longer sepal tips.

MicheleMorbidelli
MicheleMorbidelli 7 years ago

Great Shot

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks Craig and Yuko and Viv.

VivBraznell
VivBraznell 7 years ago

What a beautiful find!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

So beautiful and so precious!

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 7 years ago

Maybe best. I'd be surprised if it's a Masdevallia as it looks to be sequential flowering on the same inflorecence & I've not seen one that does that. Sounds a bit on the large side for a Lepanthes though. Will keep digging when I get a chance.

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Sorry Rieko to miss your comment, thanks and you are right, these flowers could be easily missed, I was keeping a sharp lookout for any orchids.

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Maybe about 3/4" wide, I never thought of it being a Lepanthes but you may be right. Should I just leave it as unknown?

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 7 years ago

How big was this flower Dan? Could be a Lepanthes....

RiekoS
RiekoS 7 years ago

So simple and tiny flower and maybe many people may not even notice this beautiful flower.

dandoucette
Spotted by
dandoucette

Huila, Colombia

Spotted on Jan 16, 2013
Submitted on Apr 20, 2013

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