Lepanthes mittelstaedtii Luer & Béhar 1990 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

Leaf and Flower

Photos by © Edgar Mo-Mo

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Lindleyana 5: 191 Luer & Béhar 1990 and The AOS Webpage

Common Name Mittelstaedt's Lepanthes 's Ponthieva [Guatemalan collector of the type current]

Flower Size .48" [1.2 cm]

Found in Guatemala at elevations around 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with eret ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 4, microscopically dentate lepanthiform sheaths with dilate, acuminate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic, acute, tridentate, the central lobe longest, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on 1 to 2, peduncle .2 to .4" [.5 to 1 cm] long, usually shorter than the leaf, rachis 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm] long, loose, distichous, lightly flexuous, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Characerized by the cup-shaped flowers borne successively by a loose, several flowered raceme that eventually nears the apex of the leaf. The sepals are bbroad, the dorsal sepal deep[ly concave, the laterals more or less recurved with approximate apices. The petals are proportionally small and transversely bilobed. The blades of the lip are cuneate into a narrow body fully unioted tothe undersurface of the column near the middle, so that the appendix is located on the external surface." Luer & Behar 1990


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 5: 191 Luer & Béhar 1990 and The AOS Webpage drawing fide; Lepanthes de Guatemala Archila 2001 drawing good; Lankesteriana 12[3]: 175- 190 Edgar Mo'Mo' & Edgar Ruiz Cruz 2012 photo fide; 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