Lepanthes obliquiloba Hespenh. 1973 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Emilio Esteban-Infantes and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Common Name The Oblique Lobed Lepanthes [refers to the petals]

Flower Size .14" [3.5 mm]

Found in Cienfuegos province of Cuba in wet montane forests without elevational data as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 9, cornucopiate, acuminate, cilate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic, ovate to obovate, margins entire, shortly acuminate, tridenticulate, sessile leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, arising behind the leaf, much shorter than the leaf, peduncle .2" [5 mm] long, rachis, distally, distichously, congested, .35" [7 mm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence with muricate, as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the congested, short, few flowered raceme arising on the back of the ovate leaf. Acute sepals, the oblong lobes of the petals diverge and the lip laminae form narrow blades that do not cover the lip and the short connectives form a narrow body with an acute sinus and a small, pubescent appendix.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho and Larramendi 2005 photo fidfe; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014