Lepanthes magnipetala Dod ex Luer 2003 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 24:20 Dod ex Luer 2003


Common Name The Large Petal Lepanthes

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Haiti near Massif de la Hotte without elevational data as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-ovate, subacute, remote, minute, marginal teeth, broadly cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect, borne behind the leaf? by a filiform peduncle .32 to .44" [8 to 1.1 cm] long, rachis .12" [3 mm] long, congested, distichous, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with echinate, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

" The species is characterized by a small habit with ovate, subacute leaves with a short, congested raceme of relatively large flowers. The sepals are ovate and acute with the laterals connate below the middle. The margins are remotely and minutely denticulate. The petals are transversely lobed, with the lobes equal and narrowly triangular, together forming large, fusiform petals longer than a sepal. The margins of the lobes of the lip are thickened forming indistinct blades. The cuneate connectives form a narrow body with a minute, ciliated appendix." Luer 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 24: 19 Dod ex Luer 2003 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014