Lepanthes divaricata Fawc. & Rendle 1905 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Daniel Barthelemy and The Pl@ntNet Webpage


Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Full Shade Cool Cold LATEWinter EARLYSummer

Common Name The Diverging Lepanthes [refers to the spreading sepals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Jamaica at elevations around 1200 to 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 9, minutely cilate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, elliptical, acute, slightly acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter through early summer on a filiform, congested, disitchous, .72 to .8" [1.8 to 2 cm] long including the .32 to .4" [8 to 10 mm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising either on the back or the top of the leaf.

"Characterized by the congested, distichous inflorescence shorter than the elliptical leaf, narrowly ovate, acute sepals, the laterals diverging, transvedrsely oblong petals and a bilaminate lip, the blades ovate and flanking the column and with an oblong, external, pubescent appendix." Luer 2009

Synonyms Lepanthes divaricata var. minor Fawc. & Rendle 1905

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Moscosoa 6: 171 Hespenh. & Dod 1990 ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014