Lepanthes papillipetala Dressler 1959 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photo by Moises Behar and The Orchidstudium Website


Common Name The Papillose Petaled Lepanthes

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador in high evergreen montane forests at elevations around 700 to 1650 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 4, brown, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with dilated, densely ciliate-scabrous, mucronate ostia and carrying broadly elliptic to elliptic, obtuse to subacute, coriaceous, fleshy, consicuously tridenticulate apically, the central tooth is very conspicuous, dark green above, spotted purple beneath, gradually narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on to 4, only one in flower at a time, always shorter than the leaf, .28" [7 mm] long, congested, successively single to 13 flowered inflorescence


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Las Orquideas de el Slavador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing/photo fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; El Genero Lepanthes En Mexico Salazar & Soto 1994 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 62 #2 1998 photo fide; Lepanthes de Guatemala Archila 2001 drawing good; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018