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

Lepanthes monoptera (Orchidaceae)

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

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  1. Lepanthes intonsa...close, but not quite :( Posted 8 days ago
    1. In similar fashion: Lepanthes monoptera Posted 8 days ago
      1. I know the feeling! Hell, look at Ophrys, one of the most studied genera of european orchids. For some experts, the genus contains more than 150 species, while for others (generally ones who use molecular data), there may be as few as 10!
        My personal feelings land somewhere in the middle, and for given species that I know relatively well, I have been able to observe, over many years and large populations, that there definitely is some intraspecific variation, which can sometimes be quite significant.
        But with Lepanthes, or any other speciose orchid genus I've only encountered through punctual observations while abroad, I really can't make informed judgement calls, unless I find a species that so perfectly matches my photos that there can be no reasonable doubts.
        Plus, the species barrier is really not much of a thing at all in orchids. Staying with the example of Ophrys, where up to 10 species can be found within a single hectare, there are many natural hybrids! These often have a very distinct look (sometimes even forming a spectrum themselves), while in Dactylorhiza, things are messier by at least one order of magnitude, species are much more poorly defined, and entire populations are often considered to be hybrid swarms!
        Lepanthes shares the same basic premise (many species occurring in close proximity) so I have to assume that the same possibility for natural hybrids exists. But, a) there are almost undoubtedly more species of Lepanthes than there are of Ophrys, and b) Lepanthes hasn't benefited from the centuries of attention that Ophrys has received to clearly identify distinct species (which are still being debated!). So in a nutshell, I fear the Lepanthes picture is likely to remain very complicated for the foreseeable future...
        Phew, sorry, this has long been a topic close to my heart, and I tend to ramble on and on...
        Posted 8 days ago, modified 8 days ago
        1. Found an expert who is sure that this is in fact Lepanthes monoptera. Posted 7 days ago
          1. Thanks again! Posted 6 days ago

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Lepanthes monoptera is a species of orchid found in the Andes of Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 2500 to 3400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial.

Species identified by Thibaud Aronson
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Uploaded Dec 6, 2017. Captured Jun 10, 2014 14:48 in Unnamed Road, Ibagué, Tolima, Colombia.
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