Lepanthes machorroi Salazar & Soto Arenas 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

Photo by Gerardo Salazar/TYPE Drawing by © R Jimenez and El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar and Soto 1996

Deep shade Cool Cold LATE Spring EARLY Fall

Common Name Machorro’s Lepanthes [Mexican discoverer of species, botanical illustrator and Oncidium expert current]

Flower Size .2” [5 mm]

Found in Oaxaca state of Mexico as a caespitose, higher branch epiphyte in canyons within perrenial jungle forests at elevations around 2000 meters as mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with ascending, erect or arcuate ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, somewhat rigid, somewhat fleshy, widely elliptic, acute, slightly canaliculate on the back, gray green on both surfaces purple spotted or flushed beneath, apically tridentate, shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring through early fall on up to 2 per ramicaul, only one per season per ramicaul, 1/2 as long as the leaf, on the back side of the leaf, peduncle minutely verrucose, single to 2 tubular-infundibular bracted, .3” [7.5 mm] long, rachis flexuous, red, successively 1 at a time, 3 flowered inflorescence with subdistichous, obliquely infundibular, attenuate-apiculate floral bracts.

"Lepanthes machorroi has no close relatives and can be distinguished by the basically white flowers, abruptly acuminate-caudate and prominently ciliate sepals, symetrical, apiculate and prominently papillose petals, each of the connectives have a hemishperical prominence on the ventral side with a group of dense, thin, white hairs and the appendix is minute, filiform and glabrous. Salazar & Soto 1996

The photo above is the type photo so it is absolutely correct.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar and Soto 1996 Photo/drawing fide;