Lepanthes dressleri Hespenh. 1973 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Hespenheide and The Epidendra Webpage

Common Name Dressler's Lepanthes [American Botanist and CoCollector of species]

Flower Size .18" [4.5 mm]

Found in Cuba in moist to wet montane forests at elevations around 600 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 10, cornucopiate, microscopically scabrous, acuminate lepanthiform sheaths with striate, muricate ostia and carrying a single, apical, spreading, thinly coriaceous, elliptic to broadly ovate, acute to short acuminate, long-acuminate, tridenticulate, narrows below into the sessile base leaf that blooms on a capillary, arising on the back of the leaf, much shorter than the leaf, peduncle filiform, .4 to .48" [1 to 1.2 cm] long, rachis distichous, congested, to .2" [5 mm] long, densely, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with dilate, acute, glabrous to sparsely muricate, half as long as the pedicel floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Brittonia 25(3): 268. Hespenh. 1973 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014