Lepanthes alphonsiana L.E.Matthews 2018 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Bilabiatae

Inflorescence and leaf

TYPE Drawing

Photos /TYPE Drawing by Alphonso Doucette

Part shade LATEFallEARLY Winter

Common Name Alphonso's Lepanthes [Doucette, American Botanist current]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Panama without locational or elevational data as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with erect, terete ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 10, papery lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an ascending, peduncle terete, .52 to .92" [1.8 to 2.3 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with tubular, membraneous, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"The new species with very distinctive petals is only similar to the Ecuadorian L bifalcis. The new species is readily distinguished by the lateral sepals not fused past the middle [vs connate for the entire length] and the trilobed [vs bilobed] lip tightly surrounding [vs hanging beneath] the column. The species can be immediatly distinguished from all Panamanian species by the distinctive transversely bilobed petals with falcate lobes." Matthews 2018 2000


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * OrchideenJ. 6(3): 3 Matthews 2018 drawing/photo fide