Lepanthes brownii Hespenh. 1969 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Brown's Lepanthes [English Collector of species 1967]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Saint James Parish in Cockpit country of Jamica in seasonally dry scrub forests at elevations of 650 to 750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 9, ciliate leapanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute to subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer on an erect, much longer than the leaf, peduncle filiform, 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, congested, distichous, rachis .72" [1.8 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with lightly echinate, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts. <

"Characterized by the congested raceme borne by an erect peduncle as long as, if not longer than the elliptical leaf, the large flower facing upwards with acute sepals, the laterals recurved, the petals entire and subcordate and a bilaminate lip with the blades held in apposition beneath the column. The pedunculate appendix is positioned a considerable distance from the rostellum and stigma that protrude above and beyond the closed blades of the lip, a circumstance not yet encountered in any other species of Lepanthes." Ackerman 2014 as L brownii


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list as a synonym of L tubilifera, IPNI ; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing fide