Lepanthes lanceolata Hespenh. 1968 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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Common Name The Lanceolate Lepanthes

Flower Size .18" [.45 cm]

Found only in Jamaica in seasonal limestone, moist forests at elevations of 650 to 750 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped basally by 5 to 9, microscopically ciliate-scabrous, apiculate, dilated lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, purple suffused beneath, elliptic-lanceolate, mucronate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer and early fall on a bundle, arising from behind the leaf, peduncle filiform, .28 to .32" [7 to 8 mm] long, rachis congested, distichous, .52" [1.3 cm] long, successively single, several flowreed inflorescence with sparsely ciliate longer than the pedicel floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Jamaica Gloudon & Tobisch 1995; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014