Lepanthes hirsuta Hespenh. & Dod 1990 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Hespenheide and Moscosoa 6: 183 Hespenh. & Dod 1990

Deep shade Cool Spring Summer

Common Name The Hirsute Lepanthes [refers to the petals and lip]

Flower Size .06" [1.5 mm]

Found in Sierra de Bahoruco of the Dominican Republic in wet montane broadleaved forests at elevations around 1850 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 5 to 6, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, narrowly elliptical-ovate, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on an erect, held beneath the leaf, peduncle .2 to .4" [.5 to 1 cm] long, rachis congested, distichous, to .4" [1 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with slightly echinate, as long as to slightly shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Identified by a small habit with a short, congested raceme borne beneath the acute, narrowly elliptical leaf, entire, acute sepals, rather large, pubescent petals with more or less equal triangular lobes and pubescent, oblong blades of the lip and an appendix is triangular and long-ciliate." Ackerman 2014


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Moscosoa 6: 182 Hespenh. & Dod 1990 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014