Lepanthes chapina Luer & Béhar 1990 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and the Lindleyana Webpage


Drawing by Fredy Archila

Common Name The Chapina Lepanthes [Nickname for Guatemalans]

Flower Size .3" [7.5 mm]

Found in Guatemala without collection data as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, thin ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 5, microscopically cilate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic, coriaceous, green with purple stains, subacute apically, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, on the top side of the leaf, 1.6" [4 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with muricate, as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"An ovate leaf with a congested raceme of small reddish flowers borne on top of the elaf. The sepals are ovate, acute and glabrous, the two lobes of the petals are narrowly triangular and pointing in opposite directions, the upper slightly larger than the lower and the lip is bilaminate. The sinus is deep with a long-pubescent appendix." Luer 1990


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