September 15, 2010

Lepanthes escobariana

Lepanthes escobariana belongs to the group of Central and South American orchids referred to as pleurothallids. It comes from Colombia and is named for a Colombian orchid grower, Rodrigo Escobar.  It is one of the more desirable Lepanthes species because of the large size of its flowers in relation to the plant.

The flowers are about 2 cm tall and are carried on long, successively-flowered spikes that arise from single-leaved growths about 3-4 cm tall.  The intricate flowers are nearly transparent and beautifully and brightly colored like most Lepanthes.

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