Lepanthes maxima Salazar & Soto Arenas 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photo courtesy of Noble Bashor

Common Name The Very Large Lepanthes [refers to the large flowers compared to other Mexican Lepanthes]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Pictured species - Chiapas Mx., 1280m elev., Montebello Lake area, on branches of small tree.

Found in Chiapas state of Mexico andf Guatemala in perennial rainforest and pine forests at elavations of 1350 to 1600 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect to ascending, slender ramicauls completely enveloped by 5 to 6 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic to ovate, obtuse to rounded, fleshy coriaceous, tridenticulate, gradually narrows below into the cuneate and shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and summer on to 3 per ramicaul, but only one flowereing at a time, lateral, longer than the leaf, to 1" to 1 3/4" long, filiform, terete, subdistichous, sinuous, lax, successively single flowered inflorescence arising from the apex of the ramicaul with up to 5 flowers

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI *El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018

Checked Drawing Hagsater OK

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