Lepanthes greenwoodii Salazar & Soto Arenas 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 Photo by Diederick and Orquidario Virtual Webpage

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

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Oaxaca 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 W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquidea Mex Vol 14 El Genero Lepanthes en Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Luer 1999 Drawing fide; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide;