Lepanthes pantomima Luer & Dressler 1986 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of Flower

Photos by Kerry Dressler and Epidendra Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Pantomime Lepanthes [refers to the cuteness of the flower reminiscent of a female pantomime]

Flower Size .06" [1.5 mm]

Found in Guatemala and Bocas del Toro department of Panama in wet montane forests at elevations around 350 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with suberect, very slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 7, closely adpressed, microscopically rugose, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, pendent, coriaceous, ovate, satin green, purple margined and beneath, subacute to obtuse apically, subsessile base leaf that blooms in the winter on a filiform, congested, distichous, .52" [1.3 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf with muriculate floral bracts.

Similar to the wide-ranging L calodictyon and sufficiently different from the following to be separate species L tentacula, L barbelifera, L pretiosa, L salatrix, Lepanthes microcalodictyon, L. tortuosa Luer & Hirtz, L. bibarbullata Luer, L volador and the recently described species L. kayii L. Baquero

Synonyms Lepanthes arachnion Luer & Dressler 1986

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI * Orquideologia 16: 3. Luer & Dressler 1986 drawing/photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 16 #3. Luer & Dressler 1986 as L arachnion drawing/photo fide; Orquidea Mex Vol 14 El Genero Lepanthes en Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 62 #2 1998 as L arachnionphoto fide; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 as L arachnion photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018