Lepanthes microglottis Schltr.1923 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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Common Name The Small Lipped Lepanthes

Flower Size

Found in Costa Rica in cloud forests at elevations around 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect, enveloped by 5 to 6, lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute to obtuse, tridentate, cuneate below into the shortly, narrow, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 1 to 3, slender, congested, distichous, successively 10 to 15 flowered inflorescence.

Compared by Schlechter to L lindleyana but separated by the black sheaths of the ramicauls, the broader leaves, the petal shape and the remarkably small lep which envelopes the slender column.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19: 101. 1923. Schlechter