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

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo by © E Greenwood/TYPE Drawing by G Salazar and El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar and Soto 1996

Deep shade Cool Cold Summer Fall

Common Name Chiang’s Lepanthes [Mexican Botanist and head of the Herbaroio Nacianal de Mexico current]

Flower Size .2” [5 mm]

Found only in Oaxaca state of Mexico within cloud forests at elevations around 1900 to 2400 meters as mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, somewhat fleshy, linear-elliptic, acute, slightly convex, green on both sides, apically tridentate leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on 1 to 9, only one per bloom season, 1/2 the leaf in length, mostly on the back side of the leaf, peduncle thin, .8 to .26” [2 to 6.5 mm] long, single tubular bracted, rachis dense, somewhat flexuous, very short, .2 to .48” [.5 to 1.2 cm] long overall, successively single, 7 to 16 flowered inflorescence.

The photo above is the type photo so it is absolutely correct.

"Lepanthes chiangii is easily recognized by the plants usually smaller than 2" [5 cm] tall with linear-elliptic leaves and muricate lepanthiform sheaths, a densely flowered, half as long as the leaf inflorescence, with short, glabrous to sparsely papilose along the ribs floral bracts. The tiny yellow flowers with the petals and lip marked in intense red and very dissimilar petals. The sepals have papillae along the margins. The appendix is simple, sublinear and densely pilose. The species is apparently aligned with L stenophylla and its relatives." Salazar & Soto 1996


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