Lepanthes oxapampaensis D.E.Benn. & Christenson 2001 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

TYPE Drawing by Alcantara, Bennett & Christenson

Full ShadeColdWinter EARLIER Spring

Common Name The Oxapampa Lepanthes [refers to the orchids location, a town in Pasco Peru]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Pasco department of Peru in the lower reaches of wet cloud forests at elevations of 2000 to 2400 meters as a mini-mioniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, terete ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7, acuminate, ciliate margin lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, ellitpic-ovate, tridenticulate apically, rounded into the base leaf that blooms in the winter and earlier spring on several, long-pedunculate, 1" [2.5 cm] long, successively single, 5 to 10 flowered inflorescence with resupinate, convex flowers with raspberry red center, pale straw yellow rimmed, non ciliolate sepals, the laterals semi-transluscent, the outer edges of the petals cerise and inner edge golden yellow, the lateral lobes of the lip ruby-red basally and pale pinkish rose above, the column is basally ruby red becoming pale pink above and the anther is pale creamy yellow.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 675 Bennett & Christenson 2001 Drawing fide; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014;