Lepanthes bahorucana Hespenh. & Dod 1989 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing of L caudatisepala

TYPE Drawings by Hespenh. & Dod and Moscosoa 5: 252 Hespenh. & Dod 1989

Common Name The Bahoruco Lepanthes [Sierra de Bahoruco-Massif de la Selle a mountain range on the Haití-Dominicana Republic frontier]

Flower Size

Found in the Dominican Republic near the border with Haiti at elevations of 1400 to 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caesptiose epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7, dilated, oblique, microscopically echinate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate to elliptic-lanceolate, abruptly acute, margins denticulate, apically bidentate, abruptly rounded below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a terminal, peduncle .4" [1 cm] long, rachis .32 to .48" [.8 to 1.2 cm] long, distichous, congested, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with carinate, infundibuliform, the carinae sparsely ciliate, acute apically, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying flowers with straw colored sepals, orange rimmed petals with the centers reddish and a red lip.

Distinguished by the flat, triangular sepals, the short petals and the lip that is notably convex and is almost parellel to the column.

Synonyms Lepanthes caudatisepala Hespenh. & Dod 1989; Lepanthes herpaga Hespenh. & Dod 1990

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Moscosoa 5: 252 Hespenh. & Dod 1989drawing fide; Moscosoa 5: 254 Hespenh. & Dod 1989 as L caudatisepala drawing fide; Moscosoa 6: 167 Hespenh. & Dod 1990 as L herpaga; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014