Lepanthes noelii Luer & Béhar 2000

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo/TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage

Common Name Noel's Lepanthes [Mr Chaverria Guatemalan discoverer of species current]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Guatemala at elevations around 1800 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptic, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a slender, subcongested, distichous, to .6 to .64" [1.5 to 1.6 cm] long including the .2 to .24" [5 to 6 mm] long peduncle, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on back of the leaf and has minutely muriculate floral bracts.

"This little species is superficially similar to many others, differing in a combination of details. The inflorescence is a subcongested raceme shorter than the elliptical leaf; the sepals are red-orange and acute; the petals are red, transverse and convex with the lower lobe triangular and acute, much smaller than the oblong upper lobe; the blades of the lip are oblong and convex with the connectives at the base; and the appendix is rounded and pubescent, filling the sinus." Luer & Behar 2000


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI * Orquideología 21(3): 318–321, f. Luer & Behar 2000 drawing/photo fide; Lepanthes de Guatemala Archila 2001 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018