Lepanthes penicillata Hespenh. & Dod 1990 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Hespenheide and Moscosoa 6: 187 Hespenh. & Dod 1990

Deep shade Cool LATE Winter EARLYSpring

Common Name The Brush-Shaped Lepanthes [refers to the long hairy mid lobe of the lip]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Haiti and Baharona province of the Dominican Republic in wet montane broadleaved forests at elevations around 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 5 to 6, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, coriaceous, ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, held beneath the leaf, peduncle .24 to .36" [6 to 9 mm] long, rachis congested, distichous, to .24" [6 mm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with slightly echinate, longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Identified by a small to medium habit with a comparitively large flower in a congested raceme borne beneath the ovate, acute leaf, ovate, acute sepals, with the laterals connate below the middle, the lobes of the petals arer oblong varying slightly in shape. The blades of the lip are narrowly oblong and longitudianlly concave. The apices of the lip of the type collection are ciliate but the apices are devoid of hairs in the Haitian specimen. The blades are borne by connectives from below the middle. The appendix is narrowly obolong and ciliate." Ackerman 2014


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Moscosoa 6: 186 Hespenh. & Dod 1990 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing fide