Lepanthes nana Luer & H.P.Jesup 2002 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Julio Larramendi

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Luer & Cloes and Miscellaneous new Species in the Pleurothallidinae Selbyana Vol 23 # 2 pg 17 Luer 2002

Common Name The Small Lepanthes

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Cuba at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 5, microscopically ciliate-scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic-ovate, coriaceous, subacute, cuneate into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, erect, arising on top of the leaf, peduncle to .12" [3 mm] long, filiform, congested, distichous, .08 to .16" [2 to 4 mm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with submuricate, longer than the pedicel floral bracts

"This tiny species is apparently confined to the slopes of Pico de Santiago in southeastern Cuba. Characterized by a combination of ordinary physical features, which alone are not distinctive, except for their minute size. A short, suc-cessively flowered raceme is borne on top of a smooth, elliptical leaf. The sepals are ovate, acute and glabrous. The petals are minutely pu- bescent, transversely oblong and obtuse. The blades of the lip are elliptical-oblong with the ends rounded; the connectives are oblong and broadly cuneate; and the appendix is broadly tri- angular, pubescent and concave with a small, oblong, protruding process." Luer & Jesup 2002


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 23: 17. Luer 2002 drawing fide The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho and Larramendi 2005 photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014