Lepanthes chiriquensis Schltr.1922 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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TYPE Drawing Photos by Bogarin/TYPE Drawing by Ames, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Common Name The Chiriqui Lepanthes [A Province of Panama]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Panama in cloud forests at elevations around 1300 to 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphytic species with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 3, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, elliptic-lanceolate, acute, tridenticulate apically, gradually narrowing below into the narrow, cuneate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, to .2" [to 5 mm] long, successively single, few flowered, racemose inflorescence.

"This specis may be recognozed by the little ovate leaves with a short, congested raceme. The lateral sepals are connate to near the apices, the trnasversely oblong petals are minute and the lobes of the lip are smaller than the column," Luer 1984 as L microtica

Synonyms Lepanthes microtica Luer & R.Escobar 1984

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; * Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 17. Panama Schlechter 1922; Phytologia 55: 188. Luer & Vasquez 1984 as L microtica; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;