Lepanthes moorei C.Schweinf. 1959 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Lepanthes moorei C.Schweinf. 1959

Photo by Eric Hagsater

Plant and Flower

Photo by AMO


Drawing by O Suarez and El Genero Lepanthes en Mexico Salazar and Soto 1996


Common Name Moore's Lepanthes [American original Collector of Species 1900's]

Flower Size .16" [4mm]

Found in Mexico in montane rainforests at elevations around 1600 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 8, adpressed lepanthiform sheaths with dilated, ciliate margined ostia and carrying a single, apical, spreading, coriaceous, ovate-elliptical, acute shortly acuminate, tridenticulate, broadly cuneate and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring through fall on 1 to 2, slender, congested, distichous, to .6" [1.5 cm] long, successively several to many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"This attractive species is recognized by the ovate-elliptic, acute leaves, the congested inflorescwence always shorter thant he leaves and the glabrous, semiimbricate, coffee colored floral bracts with yellow-orange with a little red on the generally entire, obliquely deltoid [rarely transeversly oblong], very prominently papillose petals and the minute, papillose lip with the laminae obliquely ovate, narrow and falcate to the lower apex amd alomost in contact with the column, the appendix is subconical and slightly incurved and shortly pilose. The is great variation in the shape of the petals." Salazar & Soto 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Rhodora 61: 6 Dressler 1959; El Genero Lepanthes en Mexico Salazar and Soto 1996 drawing/photo fide;