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

TYPE Drawing by Hespenheide and Moscosoa 6: 186 Hespenh. & Dod 1990

Deep shade Cool LATER Summer

Common Name Jose's Lepanthes [Dominican Dr. Jose de Jesus Jimenez self Taught Botanist later 1900's]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Jarabacoa in the Cordillera Central of the Dominican Republic in wet montane broadleaved forests at elevations around 1100 to 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 5 to 7, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, coriaceous, red suffused beneath, conves, elliptical-ovate, subacute to obtuse, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on an erect, held beneath the leaf, peduncle .28 to .52" [2 to 3 mm] long, rachis congested, distichous, to .2" [5 mm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with slightly echinate, as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"Identified by a small to medium habit with a short, congested raceme borne beneath the convex, ovate leaf, entire, acute sepals, petals with triangular opposte and a small lip with convex shorter than the stout column. The margin of the concave body is protuberant with the oblong appendix long ciliate at the tip." Ackerman 2014


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Moscosoa 6: 186 Hespenh. & Dod 1990 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014