Lepanthes mekynochila Garay & Dunst. 1976 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Common Name The Prolonged Lip Lepanthes [refers to the 2 part thin elongate lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Merida state of Venezuela at elevations around 2600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a filiform, congested, disitchous, .32 to .4" [8 to 10 mm] long including the .12 to .2" [3 to 5 mm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and has ciliate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide;