Lepanthes cochleariifolia [Sw.]Sw. 1799 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

Leaf and Flowers

Photos by Carlo Balistrieri

Another Flower

Photo in Die Orchideen and Duetsche Orchideen-Gesellschaft E. V. Website


Drawing and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Shell-Shaped Leaf Lepanthes

Found in eastern Jamaica in humid forests at elevations of 600 to 1000 meters as a miniature sized, caespitose, unifoliate, warm growing epiphyte with erect to suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 4 to 8, long ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, occasionally suffused with purple beneath, broadly elliptic to suborbicular, convex, obtuse, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms with a fascicle of capillary, distally distichous, .15" to .2" [3 to 6 mm] long, laxly few flowered, racemose inflorescence that are half as long as the leaves and having minute flowers.

Synonyms *Epidendrum cochlearifolium Sw. 1788

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 11 1993 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 62 #2 1998 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 63 #3 1999 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing fide;