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

Synonyms

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

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