Lepanthes rekoi R.E.Schult. 1938 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Another Flower form

Photos by © E Greenwood/Eric Hagsater

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © R Jimenez and El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar and Soto 1996

Deep shade Cool Cold Winter Spring Summer Fall

Common Name Reko’s Lepanthes [Mexican Orchid Enthusiast early to mid 1900’s]

Flower Size .08” [2 mm]

Found only in Hidalgo, Puebla, Vera Cruz and Oaxaca states of Mexico in oak/pine forests at elevations around 1450 to 2600 meters as mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with arcuate to pendent ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic, acute, tiny tridenticulate, distinctly petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on 1 to 4, only one per bloom season, equal to to twice as long as the leaves, mostly arising on the back of the leaf, peduncle .16 to .3” [4 to 7.5 mm] long, single tubular-infundibular bracted, rachis slightly flexuous, moderately dense, .4 to 1” [1 to 2.5 cm] long overall, successively single, 5 to 15 flowered inflorescence.

"Easily recognized by the combination of the rhombic, small, prominently pappilose petals with a well developed traingular apices, the laminae of the ovate to elliptic lip and the massive, conical, shortly pilose appendix. Similar to L avis and L catlingii with which it grows sympatrically." Salazar & Soto 1996


References Rhodora 61: 17 Dressler 1959; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar and Soto 1996 Photo/drawing fide;