Lepanthes denticulata Luer & Béhar 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by © Moises Behar

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Deep shade Cold LATERSummer

Common Name The Toothed Lepanthes [refers to the toothed sepals]

Flower Size .12” [3 mm]

Found in Chiapas state of Mexico and Guatemala on thin branches of small trees within cloud forests at elevations around 2133 meters as mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, rigid ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on 1 to 2, only one per bloom season, distichous, arising on the back of the leaf, 1.12” [2.8 cm] long, congested, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.

"The most distinctive feature of this species is tehe denticulate margin of the sepals, the most prominent denticulate sepals of any species in the area. The congested raceme is shorter than the ovate leaf and the petals are bilobed with the upper obe truncate. Except for being considerably larger the doubled appendix is not unlike that found in L stenophylla and L inaequalis. Immediately beneath an oblong appendix, a second, smaller, longer, pubescent appendix is visible." Luer 1991


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana Vol 6 #2: 68 Luer 1991 drawing fide; El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar and Soto 1996 Photo/drawing fide; Lepanthes de Guatemala Archila 2001 drawing good; Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018