Lepanthes politilabia Dod ex Luer 2003 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 24:24 Dod ex Luer 2003

Common Name The Polished Lip Lepanthes [referring to the shiny blades of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Haiti near the Riviere Glace without elevational data as a miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 8, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute to subacute, broadly cuneatebelow into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, borne behind the leaf by a peduncle .32 to .52" [.8 to 1.3 cm] long, rachis .48" [1.2 cm] long, congested, distichous, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with echinate, longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

"This species is apparently endemic to one limited area of Haiti. It is characterized by the medium-sized habit with a congested raceme borne behind an ovate leaf; broad, entire, subacute sepals; petals with the upper lobe oblong and subtruncate and the lower lobe obliquely triangular; and broadly elliptical, convex, overlapping, shiny red-orange blades of the lip. The appendix is short, broad and pubescent." Luer 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Selbyana 24: 22 Dod ex Luer 2003 nom inval.drawing fide; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Dryadella and Acronia section Macrophyllae-Fasiculatae Luer 2005 in Corrigenda; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014;