Lepanthes guatemalensis Schltr. 1912 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by Mario Velasquez and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another color form

Photo by Weyman Bussey, plant grown by Jim Hamilton of Petite Plaisance Orchids

Flower Closeup Photo by Mike Grauer

Another Flower

Photo by Eric Hunt


Common Name The Guatemala Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte at elevations around 1350 to 1850 meters with ascending to erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 3 to 5 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic to suborbicular, obtuse, tridenticulate, fleshy-coriaceous, abruptly narrows below into the shortly petiolate base leaf and blooms in the summer on 1 to 3 per ramicaul, with only one flowering each time, an erect, much longer than the leaf, to 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, filiform, lax, flexuous, successively single flowered inflorescence arising on either side of the leaf and carrying obliquely infundibuliform, acute-acuminate, conduplicate, brown, scarious floral bracts and has up to 5 successive flowers.

Similar to Lepanthes tenuiloba and also Lepanthes tuerckheimii Schltr. 1912 which has often been given as a synonym of L guatemalensis but actually is a natural hybrid between this species and L verapazensis.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 as L gibberosa drawing/photo fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing good/photo ok; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as L gibberosa drawing fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing good or dried; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as L gibberosa drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 62 #2 1998 photo fide; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; Lepanthes de Guatemala Archila 2001 drawing /photo fide; ; Icones Orchidacearum 5 - 6 Orchids of Mexico Part 2 - 3 Plate 601 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #7 Karremans & Jimenez 2015; 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

Checked Drawing Hagsater OK