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

Photo by Moises Behar and The Orchidstudium Website

Drawing by

Drawing by Fritz Hamer


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.

"This dwarf species is at once distinguished from all its allies, except L. parvula, by the papillate hairs of its petals. Various species, such as the Lepanthes Lindleyana complex and L. rekoi have ciliate petals, but papillate petals are not common in the genus. In habit, this species resembles Lepanthes avis, but the lateral lobes of the lip in the latter species are divergent rather than closely enclasping the column as in the former. Lepanthes papillipetala is closely related to L. parvula but is distinguished by its entire sepal-margins, its hispidulose lip and its larger flowers." Dressler 1959


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI * Rhodora 61: 14 Dressler 1959; Las Orquideas de el Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as L anylopetala drawing fide; Las Orquideas de el Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing/photo fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar and Soto 1996 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 62 #2 1998 photo fide; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; Lepanthes de Guatemala Archila 2001 drawing good; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018