Lepanthes ancylopetala Dressler 1959 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photo by Miguel Soto

Deep shade Warm LATE Spring EARLY Summer

Common Name The Doubled Petal Lepanthes [refers to the sigmoid shape of the petal]

Flower Size .1 [2.5 mm]

Found in Chiapas state of Mexico and Guatemala as a branch epiphyte in lower perenial forests at elevations around 800 to 1000 meters as mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with ascending, arcuate ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 7 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic to narrowly elliptic, acute to subacute rarely obtuse, dark green above and green-purple beneath, apically tridentate, shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on up to 7 per ramicaul, only one per season per ramicaul, 1/2 the length of the leaf, on the back side of the leaf, peduncle terete, .12 to .48 [3 to 12 mm] long overall, rachis distichous, subcongested, successively 1 at a time, to 15 flowered inflorescence with obliquely infundibuliform, acuminate-mucronate, membraneous-scarious, carinate, ciliate on the margin and the ostia, ovate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Las Orquideas de El Salvador Hamer vol 3 1981 in error not = L parvula; Selbyana Vol 10 1988 drawing fide; El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar and Soto 1996 Photo/drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018