Lepanthes breedlovei Salazar & Soto Arenas 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Another Flower?

Flower Closeup

Photos by Edgar Alfredo Mo'Mo'

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by R Jimenez and El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996

Common Name or Meaning Breedlove's Lepanthes [American Botanist in Mexico current]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in southern Mexico and Guatemala in very wet forests at elevations of 1400 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with an erect ramicaul enveloped by 3 to 6, brown, thin, shortly imbricate, densely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, fleshy, elliptic-ovate, obtuse to acute, abruptly sub-apiculate, tridenticulate, green to reddish copper, contracted below into the sulcate, short and inconspicuous, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and summer on a beneath the leaf, about 1/2 the length of the leaf, terete, green, .3" to .7" [.9 to 1.7 cm] long, successively single, 4 to 19 flowered inflorscence.

The first photo is the type photo for this species so it is absolutely corrrect, The other photos from Guatemala may or may not be another species.

"Recognized by the combination of thin ramicauls, elliptic-ovate, copper colored leaf, and the laminae of the lip very widely spaced leaving the column exposed.. It is similar to L appendiculata with which it grows in nature but the exposed column, the oblong petals and the lanceolate-falcate laminae of the lip immediately distinguish the species L breedlovei." Salazar & Soto 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *El Genero Lepanthes en Mexico, [Orquideas Mex.] Salazar & Soto Arenas 1996 drawing/photo fide; Lepanthes de Guatemala Archila 2001 drawing good; Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018