Lepanthes garayi T.Hashim. 1974 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

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

Full Shade Cold Fall

Common Name Garay's Lepanthes [Hungarian Born American Taxomonist and former Oakes Ames Orchid Herbarium at Harvard University Died 2016]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Cochabamba and Santa Cruz departments of Bolivia at elevations around 2200 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 7 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, erect, apical, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the base leaf that blooms in the fall fall on a slender, congested, distichous, flexuous, to .52 to .64" [1.3 to 1.6 cm] long including the .2 to .32" [5 to 8 mm] long peduncle, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on back of the leaf.

"Distinguished by the small size with elliptical leaves shorter than the ramicauls and an inflorescence shorter than the leaf. The sepals are broadly ovate with the broad dorsal sepal spanning the width of both lateral sepals combined and the lateral sepals single veined and caudate. The petals are subtriangular and obtuse with the two halves, or lobes, more or less equal and widest at their junction. The blades of the lip are oblong and long-pubescent with thick connectives. Two narrow processes from an external appendix protrude beyond the incised margin of the body." Luer 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Lepanthes of Bolvia; Systematics of Octomeria Luer 2010 drawing fide;