Lepanthes almolongae Luer & Béhar 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The American Orchid Society Lindleyana Vol 6 #2: 54 1991 Website

deep Shade Cold LATER spring EARLIERsummer

Common Name The Almolonga Lepanthes [A valley in Guatemala]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Chiapas state of Mexico and Guatemala in cloud forests at elevations of 2400 to 2900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, flexuous ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 7, muricate-dentate lepanthiform sheaths with papilose-verrucose ostia carrying a single, apical, elliptic, acute and tridentate apically, lightly arcuate, fleshy, intense green, axialmente sulcate, slightly twisted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring and earlier summer on 2 to 6, filiform, terete, to .84" [to 21 mm] long, mostly on the top of the leaf, distichous, sinuous, more congested towards the apex, successively single to 10 flowered inflorescence.

"The relatively large flowered species is distinguished by the sublax inflorescence shorter than the elliptical leaf, ovate, glabrous sepals, bilobed petals with the apices ofthe lobes rounded, ovate blades of the lip with acute apices, a narrow body with an acute, cilate sinus and a minute appendix." Luer 1991


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana Vol 6 #2: 54 Luer 1991 drawing fide; Orquidea Mex Vol 14 El Genero Lepanthes en Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996 drawing/photo fide; Lepanthes de Guatemala Archia 2001 photo fide; Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018