Lepanthes papilionacea Salazar, Soto Arenas & O.Suárez 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photo by © E Greenwood

Deep shade Cold LATE Summer EARLY Fall

Common Name The Papillate Lepanthes [refers to the hairiness of the flowers]

Flower Size .2” [5 mm]

Found in Oaxaca state of Mexico within cloud forests at elevations around 2400 meters as mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with ascending ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptic to elliptic-ovate, acute to obtuse, flat on top, somewhat convex, fleshy beneath, apically tridentate, shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on up to 3 per ramicaul, only one per season per ramicaul, longer than the leaf, mostly on the top side of the leaf, peduncle thin, to .22” [5.5 mm] long, single tubular-infundibular bracted, rachis somewhat spiralled, not distichous, flexuous, 3/4” [1.8 cm] overall, successively 1 at a time, 2 to 9 flowered inflorescence with distichous, obliquely infundibular, acute floral bracts.

The photo above is the type photo so it is absolutely correct.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar and Soto 1996 Photo/drawing fide;