Lepanthes comadresina Luer 1998

SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Lindleyana Vol 13 #3 pg 138 Luer 1998 Lindleyana

Common Name The Los Comadres Lepanthes [refers to the Arroyo where the species was found]

Flower Size .25" [8.5 mm]

Found in Holguin province of Cuba at elevations of 350 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing, caespitose epiphyte with slendre, erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 9, minutely ciliate-scabrous leapanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, microscopically sparsely ciliate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, borne on the back of the leaf, peduncle filiform, .24 to .28" [6 to 7 mm] long, congested, distichous, rachis .24" [6 mm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with muricate, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Growing with L llamachoi no relation and L grisbachiana with which it is closely related but has several differences. L comadresina differs with broader, slightly acuminate sepals with the laterals slightly shorter than the dorsal as well as having a longitudinal callus forming an incomplete, acute at both ends blade" Luer 1998


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana Vol 13 #3 pg 138 Luer 1998 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014