Lepanthes polycryptantha J.M.H.Shaw 2014 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Hespenheide and Moscosoa 6: 177 Hespenh. & Dod 1990

Deep shade Cool Cold LATE Spring

Common Name The Many Hidden Flower Lepanthes

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in La Vega and San Jose de Ocoa provinces of the Dominican Republic in wet, broadleaved, montane forests at elevations of 1600 to 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, margins cellular denticulate, cuneate below into a petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on an erect, peduncle .12 to .2" [3 to 5 mm] long, rachis congested, flexuous, distichous, to .6" [1.5 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with slightly echinate, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Identified by its small habit with short ramicauls , elliptical leaves that are cellular-denticulate and a short raceme of proportionally large flowers. tThe sepals are acute and minutely denticulate, the lobes of the petals are obliquely triangular and the blades of the lip are elliptical with acute tips." Ackerman 2014

Synonyms *Lepanthes cryptantha Hespenh. & Dod 1990

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Moscosoa 6: 177 Hespenh. & Dod 1990 as P cryptantha drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014

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