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

Photo by Gerardo Salazar

Deep shade Cool Cold LATER Spring

Common Name The Mixe Lepanthes [An Ethnic group of southern Mexico that inhabit the same area as the orchid]

Flower Size .2 [5 mm]

Found in Oaxaca state of Mexico within perrenial, montane jungle forests at elevations around 2000 meters as mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with ascending to arcuate ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 7 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, slightly fleshy and somewhat rigid, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, acute, slightly convex, dark green to almost gray on top, completely flushed with purple beneath, apically tridentate leaf that blooms in the later spring on a single, always less than 1/2 the leaf in length, mostly on the back side of the leaf, peduncle thin, .4 to .6 [1 to 1.5 cm] long, single tubular bracted, rachis slightly flexuous, very short, to .64 [1.6 cm] long overall, successively 1 at a time, 2 to 5 flowered inflorescence with shortly spaced, infundibuliform, laterally compressed, acute floral bracts.

The photo above is the type photo so it is absolutely correct.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar and Soto 1996 Photo/drawing fide;