Lepanthes lenticularis Luer & Béhar 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Lindleyana 6: 73 Luer & Behar 1991

deep Shade Cool Cold LATERspring EARLIER summer

Common Name The Lens-Shaped Lepanthes

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Chiapas state of Mexico and Guatemala on bushes in evergreen forests and oak/pine forests at elevations of 1600 to 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7 lepanthiform sheaths with densely ciliate-spiny, mucronate ostia carrying a single, apical, elliptic, ovate to suborbicular, obtuse, fleshy, purplish abover, green below, conspicuously tridentate apically, gradually narrowing below into the cuneate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring and earlier summer on to 3, terete, .2 to .28" [5 to 7 mm] long, subdistichous, congersted, successively single to 2 to 6 flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.

*This tiney species is distinguished by the thick, elliptical, lens-like, purplish leaf, the very short, loosely few flowered raceme, minutely denticulate, ovate sepals, the bilobed petals with lunate lobes, the upper lobes overlapping above the column and a bilaminate lip with ovate blades , a protruding, minutely pubescent body with a minute, pubescent appendix on the anterior surface." Luer & Behar 1991


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 6: 73 Luer & Behar 1991 drawing fide; Orquidea Mex Vol 14 El Genero Lepanthes en Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996 drawing/photo fide; Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018