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

TYPE Drawing

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

Part shade Cool LATE Summer THROUGH Spring

Common Name Martinez’s Lepanthes [Mexican Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .08” [2 mm]

Found in Oaxaca and Chiapas states of Mexico and Guatemala on mountain tops and ridges at elevations around 1300 to 1750 meters as super-mini-miniature sized, cool, pendulous growing epiphyte with erect, thin, terete, 4 noded ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, hanging, flat to slightly concave, coriaceous-fleshy, elliptic-suborbicular, obtuse, rarely subacute tridentate, cuneate below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer through spring on 1 to 7 per ramicaul, but only one per year, peduncle, to .04 to .16” [1 to 4 mm] long, occasionally as long as 2/3 of the leaf, on the adaxial side, .12 to .52” [3 to 13 mm] long ovarall, subsecund, successively 1 at a time, 2 to 11 flowered inflorescence with obliquely infundibuliform, cucullate, lepanthiform floral bracts.

"Recognized by the small, pendulous plants with short ramicauls and ellip[tic-suborbicular leavse. The flowers are small, orange-red with petals apiculate near the junction of the lobes like L rekoi. The laminae of the lip are obliquely falcate, obovate and with an overall "comma-shape". It is allied tothe L papillipetala alliance, especially L totontepecensis." 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; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018