Lepanthes oreophila Catling & V.R.Catling 1988 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photo by Gerardo Salazar

Deep shade Cold LATESummer

Common Name The Mountain Loving Lepanthes

Flower Size .12 [3 mm]

Found only in Oaxaca state of Mexico on thin branches and trunks within cloud forests at elevations around 2000 to 2600 meters as mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with ascending to prostrate ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 7 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptic to ovate-elliptic, acute, green above, purple beneath, apically tridentate distinctly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 1 to 4, only one per bloom season, 1/2 to just about as long as the leaf in length, on the back side of the leaf, peduncle .2 to .4 [5 to 10 mm] long, single tubular bracted, rachis moderately dense, flexuous, .4 to .68 [1 to 1.7 cm] long overall, successively 1 at a time, 3 to 15 flowered inflorescence with distichous, obliquely infundibular, acute to shortly acuminate, lepanthiform floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar and Soto 1996 Photo/drawing fide;