Lankesterella alainii Nir 2000

Photo by Julio Larramendi


Common Name Alain's Lankesterella [Dr Henri Alain Liogier French Botanist 1916 -2009]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Cuba and the Dominican Republic in montane forests at elevations around 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a bsal rosette of 1 to 3, soft, obovate, acute, ciliolate margined leaves that blooms in the mid winter on a terminal, slender, longer than the leaves, densely villous, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acuminate, villose, much longer than the ovaries floral bracts and carrying exernally villous flowers

Similar to L orthanthae but is distinguished by a differently proportioned lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000 drawing fide; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho and Larramendi 2005 photo fide;