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Lepanthes oxypetala (Orchidaceae) Finca Estrella de Agua, PN Los Nevados, Quindio, Colombia. Jun 11, 2014 Colombia,Geotagged,Lepanthes oxypetala,Long-Pointed Petals Lepanthes,Spring Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Lepanthes oxypetala (Orchidaceae)

Finca Estrella de Agua, PN Los Nevados, Quindio, Colombia. Jun 11, 2014

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  1. Very tricky one! It has a very distinct shape that I'm unable to find exact matches for, not even in other colors. Found these close ones:

    Lepanthes magnifica
    Lepanthes papyrophylla

    But I don't think they are a match. I'd definitely suggest an expert on this one.
    Posted 10 months ago
    1. I know, right!
      I remember spending some time trying to ID it a while back, to no avail. And of course, with pleurothallids, there is always the chance it's an undescribed species :))
      Posted 10 months ago
      1. That chance really is substantial indeed! Posted 10 months ago
  2. Well, it's been an humbling experience, can't find a single confident match. I really hope you'll try to take these to an expert. Posted 10 months ago
    1. Well thanks for trying! These little devils definitely are a mighty challenge for us people who like to put a name to everything we see! Fortunately, it doesn't stop us from enjoying their beauty!

      Still, I'll see if anyone can help on that Flickr group.
      Posted 10 months ago, modified 10 months ago
      1. I've tried one myself in the Flickr group a few days ago, it's pretty inactive it seems. You may have better luck with the FB group. Posted 10 months ago
      2. If you look at the list of groups this photo is in you will find about 40 orchid related groups. Sebastian Moreno has an extensive collection of photos from Colombia himself, including many Lepanthes sp. He is a top contributor in many of the groups. Another one of the members is David Haelterman. Both of them offer guided tours in the same organisation. You could try to contact them directly if the groups are not active. They may be even tempted to join JD and contribute.
        Posted 10 months ago
        1. What are the odds. I had your comment parked to check out later. Then I posted something to the orchids group on Facebook and got an immediate reply from an expert. Had a chat with him and he identified several of Thibaud's orchids. Turns out its the exact same guy you were suggesting to contact :) Posted 10 months ago
          1. I was wondering what happened last night. You usually reply to comments first.
            David Haelterman seems to have a lot of experience with orchids too. I used his photos to identify your Maxillaria. It would be great if both of them could join JD.
            Posted 10 months ago
  3. Expert says "Lepanthes oxypetala", this being a color variety. Posted 10 months ago
    1. Cool! I definitely never would have figured that one out! That's why the knowledge of experts who deal with these species every days just cannot be topped. Posted 10 months ago
      1. Absolutely, I'm really glad I found that guy. Asked him to join JD, he may in a few days. Posted 10 months ago
        1. Holy crap, if he does, we'll get a deluge of fantastic new orchid species! Posted 10 months ago

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Lepanthes oxypetala is an orchid found in Ecuador and Colombia, in cloud forests at elevations of 2900 to 3500 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte.

Species identified by Thibaud Aronson
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By Thibaud Aronson

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Uploaded Dec 6, 2017. Captured Jun 11, 2014 13:06 in Unnamed Road, Ibagué, Tolima, Colombia.
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