Lepanthes pachyphylla Luer & Béhar 1990 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Lindleyana 5: 195 Luer & Béhar 1990 and The AOS Webpage

Common Name The Thick Leaved Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Guatemala at elevations around 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, longitudinally concave to sulcate, purple suffused beneath, elliptic-ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, borne either side of the leaf, peduncle .4" [ 1 cm] long, shorter than the leaf, rachis .88" [2.2 cm] long, loose, distichous, lightly flexuous, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with microscopically scabrous, longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

"The most distinctive feature of this mini-miniature sized species is the thick, purplish leaf that is more or less longitudinally concave or sulcate. The few flowers up to 4 in number are produced successively in a distantly flowered raceme that is shorter than the lea. The sepals are broaly ovate and acute with microscopically cellular margins. The broad upper lobes of the petals overlap above the column and lip. The bilaminate lip, connectives, boduy and appendix are not remarkable except for the pubescene of the appendix is unusually thick." Luer & Behar 1990


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 5: 194 Luer & Béhar 1990 and The AOS Webpage drawing fide;