Lepanthes incurva Dod ex Luer 2003 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 24:17 Dod ex Luer 2003

Common Name The Incurved Lepanthes [refers to the overlapping upper apices of the petals]

Flower Size to .12" [3 mm]

Found in the Dominican Republic in wet montane, broadleaved forests at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 8, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with minimally dilated osatia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the twisted, petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, borne behind the leaf by a filiform peduncle .2 to .28" [1.2 to 1.3 cm] long, rachis .4" [1 cm] long, congested, distichous, often arching outward, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with minutely echinate, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"It is characterized by a small or medium-sized habit with a congested raceme borne behind an elliptical, acute leaf. The sepals are ovate and acute, with the laterals connate below the middle. The petals are narrowly oblong with the upper lobes incurved and crossing above the lip and column. The blades of the lip are narrow and incomplete with the apices free and incurved beneath the column." Luer 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 24: 16 Dod ex Luer 2003 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014