Lepanthes elliptica Fawc. & Rendle 1909 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Lisa Thoerle

TYPE drawing

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

Full Shade Warm Fall Winter

Common Name The Elliptic Lepanthes [refers to the shape of the leaf]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Middlesex and St Catherine parishes of Jamaica at elevations around 600 to 900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect to somewhat arching, slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 8, long-ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, more or less purple suffused beneath, elliptical, acute to subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall to winter on a filiform, congested, distichous, .4 to .52" [10 to 13 mm] long including the .12 to .24" [3 to 6 mm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf .

Synonyms Lepanthes arcuata Fawc. & Rendle 1909

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014