Lepanthes cryptostele Salazar & Soto Arenas 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

TYPE Photo by Eric Hagsater

Deep shade Cool Cold LATER Summer EARLY Fall

Common Name The Hidden Column Lepanthes

Flower Size .1 [2.5 mm]

Found in Guerrero state of Mexico as a somewhat hanging, branch epiphyte in canyons within mesophytic forests at elevations around 1100 to 2200 meters as mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect-arcuate ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 8, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thin, coriaceous, slightly recurved, elliptic, abruptly acuminate, olive green above generally purple spotted beneath, 3 veined, apically tridentate, shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer and early fall on up to 3 per ramicaul, only one per season per ramicaul, always shorter than the leaf, on the top side of the leaf, peduncle single to 2, tubular bracted, .2 to .4 [5 to 10 mm] long, rachis distichous, congested, somewhat flexuous, to .4 [1 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with cucullate-infundibuliform, acute, membraneous, translucent, glabrous to papilose, shortly apiculate floral bracts.

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


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