Lepanthes boomerang Dod ex Luer 2003 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 24:9 Dod ex Luer 2003


Common Name The Boomerang Lepanthes [refers to the petal shape]

Flower Size to .16" [to 4 mm]

Found in the Dominican Republic without locational or elevational data as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 9, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths with minimally dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute, slightly acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect, borne behind the leaf by a filiform peduncle .2 to .36" [5 to 9 mm] long, rachis .4" [1 cm] long, congested, distichous, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with minutely echinate, as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"It is characterized by a medium-sized habit with a dense raceme borne behind an ovate, acute leaf. The sepals are ovate and obtuse, with the laterals connate at the base. The petals are large and conspicuous, with the lobes triangular, equal in size and diverging 90 degrees. The blades of the lip are indistinctly defined with the inner margins represented as mere, longitudinal calli along the inner third. The connectives are broad with a small, oblong appendix in the sinus." Luer 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 24: 6 Dod ex Luer 2003 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014