Lepanthes odobenus Damian & B.T.Larsen 2017 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

TYPE Drawing

Photos/TYPE Drawing by Alexander Damian


Common Name The Walrus Tooth Lepanthes [refers to the petals shape]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Amazonas province of Peru in dense, remnant cloud forest around 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 7, closely adpressed, ribbed, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths with the obliquely lanceolate, dilated, acuminate ostia ciliate along the margins and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, obovate, shortly mucronate apically, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a racemose, erect, much longer than the leaf, peduncle filiform, .48" [1.2 cm] long, 2.2" [5.5 cm] long overall, rachis 1.72" [4.3 cm] long, subdense, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with conduplicate, acute, densely muriculate, much shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

Similar to Lepanthes golbasto Luer & Hirtz from which it differs by its smooth ovary, marginally smooth sepals, and oblong, glabrous, apically 1 to 2 long ciliate blades of the lip." Damian & B T Larsen 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytotaxa 291[2]: 151 Damian & Larsen 2017 Three new species of Lepanthes (Pleurothalldinae: Orchidaceae) From Amazonas, Peru drawing/photo fide;