Lepanthes llamachoi Luer 1998

SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Julio Larramendi

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Lindleyana Vol 13 #3 pg 141 Luer 1998

Common Name Llamacho's Lepanthes [Cuban Botanist current]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Holguin province of Cuba on the bases of Cyathea ferns along stream banks at elevations arounf 350 to 700 meters as a miniature to just small sized, caespitose, hot to warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with an erect ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 10 dark, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceopus, purple cellular-glandulaar, ovate, slightly concave, coriaceous curved apically cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at any time of the year on a filiform peduncle .24 to .32" [6 to 8 mm] long, on top of the leaf, congested, distichous, arising beneath the leaf, rachis .4" [1 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with muricate, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Related to L dressleri but easily distinguished by the purplish, spoon-shaped leaves with the acute apex slightly incurved. The colorful flowers are borne successively in a congested raceme on the concave dorsum of the leaf. The sepals are acute. A pointed lobule is present on the outer margin of the petals, the lobes are oblong, with the margin of the lower lobe irregular and undulate. The broad luneate lobes of the lip have an inner marginal callus similar to that of L dressleri, as if in an attempt to form a blade. The appendix is comparitively large and pubescent with a pair of apical lobules." Luer 1998


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana Vol 13 #3 pg 141 Luer 1998 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho and Larramendi 2005 photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014