Lepanthes oreocharis Schltr. 1912 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Miguel Soto

Another Flower

Photo by Mario Velasquez and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another Flower

Another Flower

Photo courtesy of Noble Bashor


Drawing by R Jimenez and El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996


Common Name The Mountain Loving Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Species pictured 1280m elev., Montebello Lakes area, epiphyte on small trees.

Found in southern Mexico to Guatemala at elevations of 2100 to 3200 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 3 to 5 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, broadly suborbicular-elliptic to elliptic, obtuse to subacute, tridenticulate apically, fleshy, dark green, purple suffused, convex, cuneate below or abruptly contracted into the twisted, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall if not more on one to two, 3.4" [8.5 cm] long, successively single flowered, thin inflorescence arising either above or below the leaf with up to 22 flowers.

"The elliptic to suborbicularleaves with a simple, kneeling appendix separate the species from others, especially L stenophylla and its allies. The inflorescence begins flowering shorter than the leaf but in time considerably exceeds the leaf in length and can have up to 23 flowers." Salazar & Soto 1996

This species is highly variable in its flower form.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rhodora 61: 12 Schultes & Dillon 1959; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1026 Hamer 1984 drawing ok; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing ok; El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996 drawing/photo fide; Lepanthes de Guatemala Archila 2001 drawing/photo fide; Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018

Checked Hagsater OK