Lepanthes obtusa Fawc. & Rendle 1901 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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Common Name The Blunt Lepanthes [refers to the apices of the petals]

Flower Size 1/16" to 1/8" [3 to 4 mm]

Found in Jamaica at elevations of 1175 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 10, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, purple suffused, elliptic, acute, slightly acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter through fall on a filiform, congested, distichous,.64 to 1.04" [1.6 to 2.6 cm] long including the .24 to .64" [6 to 16 mm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and has echinate floral bracts.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910; Orchids of Jamaica Gloudin & Tobisch 1995 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014

Checked Gloudon OK