Lepanthes tenuis Schltr. 1913 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by D Dod and Moscosoa 7: 180 Dod 1993 as L glacensis

Deep shade warm Spring

Common Name The Thin Lepanthes

Flower Size .044 [1.1 mm]

Found in Haiti and the Dominican Republic in primary mossy forests on ravine walls at elevations around 850 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 5, ribbed, microscopically echinate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, green-brown above, purple beneath, ovate to sub-orbicular, obtuse, abruptly contracted into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on 1 to 5, shorter than the leaf, arising on top of the leaf, distichous, congested, adpressed to the leaf, successively single, to 25 flowered inflorescence.

Similar to L constanzae but is distinguished by the smaller flowers, with ovate sepals less than .082" [2.5 mm], are borne in a congested, successively flowered held behind the lea. The petals are oblong, and nearly as long as the sepals. The poorly defined blades of the lip are formed below the falcate apices of the lobes.raceme

Synonyms Lepanthes glacensis Dod 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Moscosoa 6: 170 Hespenh. & Dod 1990 ; Moscosoa 7: 179 Dod 1993 as L glacensis drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014

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