Lepanthes beharii Luer 1990 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by Edgar Alfredo Mo'Mo'

Another Flower

Photo by Gary Yong Gee and his Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and the Lindleyana Webpage

Full shade Cool Winter

Common Name Behar's Lepanthes [Guatemalan Doctor and Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .24" [6mm]

Found in Baja Verapaz department of Guatemala in wet montane forests at elevations around 1600 to 1800 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, filiform ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4, coffee colored, glandular lepanthiform sheaths with dilated, oblique, attenuate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-subrhomboid, acute, tridenticulate, gradually narrowing below into the short, canaliculate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on 1 to 2, slender, erect, 1.2 to 3.6" [3 to 9 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence with muricate, as long as the epdicel floral bracts..

Characterized by a long, loose, flexuous, several flowered inflorescence extened far beyond the leaf by a peduncle more than twice as long as the leaf. The sepals are ovate and acute, the petals are bilobed with the upper lobes oblong and overlapping and the snnaller lower lobe is triangular and the blades of the lip are ovate. The sinus is shallowly notched and the long-pubescent, hinged appendix protudes from beneath." Luer 1990


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI * Lindleyana 5: 185 Luer 1990 drawing fide; Lepanthes de Guatemala Archia 2001 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018