Lepanthes gabriellae Salazar & Soto Arenas 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photo by © Gerardo Salazar

Deep shade Cool Cold LATESpring THROUGHFall

Common Name Gabriella’s Lepanthes [Mexican orchid enthusiast current]

Flower Size .12” [3 mm]

Found only in Oaxaca state of Mexico on thin branches of small trees within montane perrenial forests at elevations around 2000 meters as mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with ascending to erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 6 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, not rigid, somewhat fleshy, narrowly elliptic, acute, more or less flat, intense green above, green to flushed with purple beneath, apically tridentate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring through fall on 1 to 2, only one per bloom season, as long or slightly longer than the leaf in length, mostly on the back side of the leaf, peduncle .24 to 3.6” [6 to 9 mm] long, single tubular-infundibular bracted, rachis slightly flexuous, .56” [1.4 cm] long overall, successively 1 at a time, 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence with distichous, obliquely infundibular, acute-apiculate, lepanthiform floral bracts.

THe photo above is the type photo so it is absolutely correct.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar and Soto 1996 Photo/drawing fide;