Lepanthes geniculata Luer & Béhar 1990 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and the American Orchid Society Website

deep ShadeCold LATER spring EARLYsummer

Common Name The Kneeling Lepanthes [refers to the appendix]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Guatemala at elevations around 2700 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 7, dark, slightly dentate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, tridentate apically, narrowing below into the petilolate base leaf thta blooms that blooms in the later spring and early summer on a filiform, distichous, [1.7 to 2.6 cm] long, succesively single, few flowered inflorescence that is shorter than the leaf.

"Characterized by the congested inflorescence shorter than the narrowly elliptical leaf. The sepals and petals are not remarkable. The small ovoid blades of the lip surround a stout coulmn as large as one of the blades. Beneath the apical stigma the rounded sinus is visible. On the center margin sits the minute, pubescent appendix acutely deflexed upon itself." Luer & Behar 1990


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 5: 188 Luer 1990 drawing fide; Orquidea Mex Vol 14 El Genero Lepanthes en Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996; Lepanthes de Guatemala Archila 2001 drawing/photo fide; Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018