Lepanthes samacensis Ames 1923 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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Leaf and Flower

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Drawwing by © G A Salazar and El género Lepanthes Sw. en México. Salazar & Soto 1996

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Common Name The Sama Lepanthes [A town In Guatemala]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Oaxaca and Chiapas states of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Venezuela at elevations of 1450 meters to 1650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect stems enveloped by 2 to 5 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, widely ovate, elliptic to suborbiculate, acute to subacute, tridenticulate, green above, purple beneath, coriaceous leaf that blooms in the fall on 1 to 5, arising on the back of the leaf, .35 to .6" [8 to 16 mm] long, successively single, to 20 flowered, distichous, very congested inflorescence.

" This species is distinguished by the small plants with suborbicular, widely ovate to elliptical leaf, the infloresccnce shorter than the leaf, the petals disproportionally large in comparison to the sepals, the laminae of the lip linear-lanceolate to oblong-elliptical, parallel and in contact or slightly separated and a conical, pilose appendix. Salazar & Soto 1996

Synonyms Lepanthes pubilabia Schltr. 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Orchids of Guatemala Ames & Correl 1952; Venezuelan Orchid Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing not = L gin-ganii; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing ok; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing fide/photo ok; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 8 449 - 512 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; El género Lepanthes Sw. en México. Salazar & Soto 1996 drawing/photo fide; Lepanthes de Guatemala Archila 2001 drawing fide/photo ok; Orchid Digest Vol 74 No 1 2010 drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018