Lepanthes galeottiana Salazar & Soto Arenas 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by © I. Aguirre

TYPE Drawing

Photo/TYPE Drawing by © Gerardo Salazar and El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar and Soto 1996

Deep shade Cool Cold LATER Spring Fall

Common Name Galeotti’s Lepanthes [Belgian Orchid Collector in Mexico 1800’s]

Flower Size .2” [5 mm]

Found in Oaxaca state of Mexico within perrenial jungle forests at elevations around 1500 to 2100 meters as mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, hanging epiphyte with pendent ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 10 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, ovate to lanceolate, acuminate, somewhat concave longitudinally, clear green on both surfaces sometimes flushed with purple, apically tridentate, shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring through fall on up to 4 per ramicaul, only one per season per ramicaul, 1/4 to 3/4 as long as the leaf, mostly on the back side of the leaf, peduncle to .2 to .52” [5 to 13 mm] long, single tubular bracted, rachis congested, flexuous, .4 to 1.2” [1 to 3 cm] long overall, successively 1 at a time, 6 to 16 flowered inflorescence with distichous, obliquely infundibular, acute floral bracts.

"Recognized by the hanging plant with muriculate lepanthiform sheaths andovate to lanceolate, thin, acuminate, frequently tinted with purple, the congested, and always shorter than the leaf inflorescence, the sepals forming a very convex synsepal from which the markedly compessed lip and column protrude, and the petals transversely oblong, frequently superposed at the level of the upper lobe . The laminae of the lip are arcuate and divergent and the appendix is absent or reduced to a transluscent triangular, bidentate membrane. The laminae can vary in size and occasionally can completely hide the column as well as being totally free from it.The sepals color varies greatly from nearly yellow to almost compeltely purple. Closely related to L aprica.

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;