Lepanthes minyglossa Luer 2002 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Plant and Flower

Photos by Bogarin and Epidendra Orchid Photo Webpage

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Photo Webpage

Common Name The Small Tongued Lepanthes [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Chirique department of Panama in cloud forests at elevations around 1650 meters as a mini-miniature sized cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 9, microscopically scabrous, close fitting, non-dilated lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, suffused with purple beneath, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, slightly acuminate, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a filiform, arising behind the leaf, peduncle .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long, congested, distichous, rachis .2" [5 mm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with imbricating, muricate floral bracts.

"Similar to L disticha but differs in the proportionally very small, triangular lower lobe of the petals and the pubescent blades of the lip that are smaller than the column. The appendix is minute and external." Luer 2002


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 23: 15. Luer 2002 drawing fide;