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

Photo by Diederick and Orquidario Virtual Webpage

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Luer and Epidendra Orchid Webpage

Common Name Greenwood's Lepanthes [American Orchid Enthusiast in Mexico current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Oaxaca state of Mexico in evergreen cloud forests at elevations of 2300 to 2600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect-ascending ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 5, close, lepanthiform sheaths with dilated, acute ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, fleshy, rigid, frequently spotted with purple, narrowly elliptical to elliptic-lanceolate, acute, tridenticulate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring through summer on a thin, congested, .12 to .2" [3 to 5mm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence either on top or beneath the leaf but always shorter than the leaf and can have 1 to 3 flowers open at any one time.

The fact that this species has 2 to 3 flowers open at a time on a single inflorescence distinguishes this species from any other within Mexico.


References * Orquidea Mex Vol 14 El Genero Lepanthes en Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Luer 1999 Drawing fide; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide;