Lepanthes mittelstaedtii Luer & Béhar 1990

Leaf and Flower

Photos by © Edgar Mo-Mo

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, usually shorter than the leaf, .64 to 1.72" [1.6 to 4.3 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; 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