Lepanthes guerrerensis Salazar & Soto Arenas 1996

SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

TYPE Drawing

Photo/TYPE Drawing by Gerardo Salazar

Deep shade Cool Cold LATE Spring Summer EARLYFall

Common Name The Guerrero Lepanthes [A state of southern Mexico]

Flower Size .2 [5 mm]

Found only in Guerrero and Oaxaca states of Mexico in oak/pine forests at elevations around 1800 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 5 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, widely elliptic to suborbicular, sometimes very narrow, apically rounded, diminutively tridentate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring through early fall on 1 to 4, only one per bloom season, always longer than the leaves, mostly arising on the back of the leaf, peduncle filiform, .16 to .28 [4 to 7 mm] long, single tubular bracted, rachis slightly flexuous, lax, 2.4 [6 cm] long overall, single to rarely 2, successively to 16 flowered inflorescence.

" This species is very similar to L guatemalensis but it is distinguished by larger plants larger yellow flowers, proportionally larger and narrower, petals and lip difused with purple, and the triangular-ovate dorsal sepal more concave." Salazar & Soto 1996

The photo is the type photo for the species and is absolutely correct.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar and Soto 1996 Photo/drawing fide;