Lepanthes palatoflora Hespenh. & Dod 1989 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing Photo/TYPE Drawing by Donald D Dod

Full Shade Cool LATER spring

Common Name The Lost Flower Lepanthes [refers to the habit of the flower to grow at a distance from the leaf as if it did not belong]

Flower Size minute

Found in Dominican Republic in wet montane broadleaved forests often in moss at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5 minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apcial, erect to suberect, coriaceous, more or less, minutely denticulate, cuneate, broadly elliptical, obtuse, petiolate base lef that blooms in the later spring on an arching, peduncle .16 to .2" [4 to 5 mm] long, rachis congested to sublax, to .32" [8 mm] long, held away from the leaf, lightly flexous, distichous, successively several flowered inflorescence with as long as the pedicel floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Moscosoa 5: 260 Hespenh. & Dod 1989 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 10 1992 photo fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014;