Lepanthes miniflora Dod ex Luer 2003 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 24:23 Dod ex Luer 2003

Common Name The Small Flowered Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in the Dominican Republic without elevational data as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 7, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths with minimally dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, acuminate, acuminate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, borne on either side of the leaf by a filiform peduncle .08 to .28" [2 to 7 cm] long, rachis .28" [7 mm] long, congested, distichous, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with minutely echinate, as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"This species is known only from a collection by Dod who cultivated it as "miniflora." It is characterized by a small habit with a congested raceme of relatively small flowers borne either behind or on top of an ovate, acuminate leaf. The sepals are broadly ovate and obtuse, with the lateral sepals semiconnate. The petals are transverse with the upper lobe oblong and the lower lobe smaller and narrower. The blades of the lip are ovate with rounded ends. The body of the lip is thick with a mentum below the sinus, and with a small, bifid appendix." Luer 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 24: 22 Dod ex Luer 2003 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014