Lepanthes necae Archila 2001 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo/TYPE Drawing by Fredy Archila

Common Name Neca's Lepanthes [Guatemalan Mother of the Author, Adelivia Morales de Archila, endearing nickname current]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in San Marcos department of Guatemala in cloud forests at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with very short ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, imbricate, tubular, cilate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, orbicular-elliptic, rounded apically, tridentate, the median lobe triangular, the laterals obliquely acute apically, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on 1 to 2, .72 to 1.32" [1.8 to 3.3 cm] long, successively single, 5 to 10 flowered inflorescence carrying non-resupinate flowers.

CAUTION To me this species appears to be L fratercula I await further information to make it a synonym.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Lepanthes of Guatemala Archila 2001 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018