Lepanthes oscarrodrigoi Archila & Chiron 2018 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo/TYPE Drawing by Fredy Archila and the Researchgate Website

Common Name Oscar Rodrigo's Lepanthes [Guatemalan Orchid enthusiat and cocolletor of the type current]

Flower Size .02" [.5 mm]

Found in Alta Verapaz department of Guatemala in cloud forests on bushes at elevations around 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with short, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3,lepanthiform sheaths with a ciliate margined ostia and carrying a single, apical, elliptic, green, apically elongate, tridentate apically, the lateral lobes longer than the midlobe, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a very short, .16" [4 mm] long, distichous, congested, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with short, subglobose, minutely pubescent floral bracts.

"Lepanthes oscarrodrigoi which may be the smallest orchid in the world, looks like L. purulahensis but it is very easy to differentiate it despite its small size by its orbicular leaves (versus elliptical), its lanceolate, acuminate dorsal sepal (versus elliptical-ovate, acute), its elliptic synsepal with acuminate apices (versus ovate with obliquely acute apices), its petal upper lobe obliquely oblong (versus triangular), obliquely truncate (versus acuminate), its petal lower lobe obliquely triangular with an acuminate apex (versus forming a small projection inconspicuously rounded) and its lip proximal part with laminae orbicular (versus orbicular-oblong)." Fredy Archila 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Richardiana N.S. 2: 179 Archila & Chiron 2018 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018