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

Photo by © Gerardo Salazar

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Salazar & Soto Arenas and Orquidea Mex Vol 14 El Genero Lepanthes en Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996

deep Shade Cold spring summer

Common Name Dr Matuda's Lepanthes [Mexican Orchid Enthusiast 1900's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Chiapas state of Mexico and Guatemala in mossy cloud forests at elevations of 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, arching ramicaul enveloped by 4 to 5, imbricate, scarious, lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia carrying a single, apical, erect, fleshy, dark green, ovate to ellipitic, acute, tridenticulate apically, gradually narrowing below into the short petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on 1 to 4, filiform, .08 to .24" [2 to 6 mm] long, successively single to 9 flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"Pendent plants with a weak habit, short inflorescence arising on top of the leaf, shorter than the leaf, comparitively large flower allied to L stenophylla.

Synonyms Lepanthes bifida Luer & Béhar 1997

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquidea Mex Vol 14 - El Genero Lepanthes en Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996 drawing/photo fide; Lindleyana 12:34 Luer 1997 as L bifida drawing fide; Lepanthes de Guatemala Archila 2001 drawing/photo good; 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