Lepanthes attenuata Salazar, Soto Arenas & O.Suárez 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

TYPE photo and TYPE Drawing by © O Suarez and El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996

Deep shade Cool Cold Summer EARLIER Fall

Common Name The Attenuate Lepanthes [refers to the thin stretched out leaves]

Flower Size .16” [4 mm]

Found only in Oaxaca and Vera Cruz states of Mexico and Guatemala within cloud forests at elevations around 1900 to 2100 meters as mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with pendulous, erect, or somewhat arcuate ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, not rigid, narrowly lanceolate, acute to incurved, slightly convex, intense green sometimes purple flushed on top, green to more frequently purple beneath, apically tridentate leaf, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and earlier fall on 1 to 3, only one per bloom season, 1/2 the leaf in length or less, mostly arising on the back side of the leaf, peduncle thin, .28 to .32” [7 to 8 mm] long, single tubular bracted, rachis somewhat congested, markedly flexuous, .06 to .1” [1.5 to 2.5 mm] long overall, successively 1 at a time, 3 to 15 flowered inflorescence with distichous, obliquely infundibular, wide, acute-apiculate, lepanthiform floral bracts.

The photo above is the type photo so it is absolutely correct.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *