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The Little Tree-like Lepanthes

Lepanthes arbuscula


small orchid, terrestrial


cloudforest, 3300m


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.

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The Little Tree-like Lepanthes
Lepanthes arbuscula

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dandoucette 4 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 4 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 6 years ago

Great Shot

dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks Craig and Yuko and Viv.

VivBraznell 6 years ago

What a beautiful find!

YukoChartraw 6 years ago

So beautiful and so precious!

craigwilliams 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 years ago

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

RiekoS 6 years ago

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

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Huila, Colombia

Lat: 2.20, Long: -76.36

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

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