Lepanthes decussata Dod ex Luer 2003 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 24:12 Dod ex Luer 2003

Common Name The Crossed Lepanthes [refers to the upper lobes of the petals]

Flower Size to .2" [5 mm]

Found in Haiti on the Massif de Hotte without elevational data as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 9, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with minimally dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect to arching, borne on top of the leaf by a filiform peduncle .32 to .6" [8 to 1.5 cm] long, rachis .64" [1.6 cm] long, congested, distichous, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with slightly subechinate, as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"It is characterized by a small or medium-sized habit with an arching, very congested raceme borne behind an elliptical, acute leaf. The sepals are ovate and acute, with the laterals connate below the middle. The petals are narrowly crescent-shaped with the upper lobes incurved and crossing above the lip and column. The blades of the lip are narrow and incomplete with the apices incurved and overlapping beneath the column." Luer 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 24: 10 Dod ex Luer 2003 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014

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