Lepanthes obtusipetala (Fawc. & Rendle) Fawc. & Rendle 1910 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Common Name The Obtuse Petal Lepanthes [refers to the petal shape]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Jamaica at elevations around 1500 to 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 9, microscopically ciliate-scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, elliptical-ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, to .72 to .84" [1.8 to 2.1 cm] long including the .2 to .32" [5 to 8 mm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on back of the leaf and has echinate floral bracts.

Characterized by an ovate-elliptical leaf, a shorter congested inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf, ovate sepals, transversely bilobed petals and a bilaminate lip with glabrous, elliptical blades and a short, pubescent appendix with a terminal segment.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Fl Jamaica 1: 72 Fawcett & Rendle 1910 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;