Lepanthes catlingii Salazar, Soto Arenas & O.Suárez 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Photo by © E Greenwood

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © O Suarez and El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996

Deep shade Cold Winter Spring Summer Fall

Common Name Catling’s Lepanthes [Canadian Botanist in Mexico current]

Flower Size .2” [5 mm]

Found only in Oaxaca state of Mexico in oak/pine forests at elevations around 2000 to 2800 meters as mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with ascending to sub pendent ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 5 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, fleshy, rigid, elliptic, sometimes very narrow, acute, flat, dark green above, clearer green and often spotted with purple beneath, petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on 1 to 3, only one per bloom season, equal to a bit longer than the leaves, mostly arising on the back of the leaf, peduncle thin, .16 to .28” [4 to 7 mm] long, single tubular-infundibular bracted, rachis slightly flexuous, moderately dense, .8” [ 2 cm] long overall, successively single, 3 to 8 flowered inflorescence with distichous, shortly spaced, very obliquely infundibular, acute-apiculate floral bracts.

"Similar to L rekoi and L avis but can be distinguished from both by the semi-lunate petals that are very small compared tothe sepals and by the minute linear, glabrous appendix situated in the base of the wide sinus of the connectives of the lip. The laminae of the lip are oblong and separate showing all of the column. The margins of the sepals occasionally are irregularily papilose-ciliate." Salazar & Soto 1996

The photo is the type photo for the species and is absolutely correct.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar and Soto 1996 Photo/drawing fide;