Lepanthes schultesii Salazar & Soto Arenas 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by R Jimenez/Photo by © Gerardo Salazar

Deep shade Cold Winter Spring Summer Fall

Common Name Schultes’ Lepanthes [American Ethno-Botanist at Harvard 1900’s]

Flower Size .14” [4 mm]

Found only in Oaxaca state of Mexico in secondary cloud forests at elevations around 2000 to 2600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with ascending, erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 6 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate, acute to rarely rounded apically, tridentate, distinctly petiolate base leaf that blooms at any time of the year on 1 to 3, only 1 per bloom season, 2 to 6 times longer than the leaf, mostly on the top of the leaf, peduncle filiform, .4 to .6” [1 to 1.5 cm] long, single tubular bracted, rachis arcuate, lax, .8 to 2.2” [2 to 5.5 cm] long overall, successively single, 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence.

Similar to L scheidei but L schultesii has narrowly elliptic to lanceolate leaves, much less dense racemes, 2 to 6 times langer than the leaf, smaller flowers and with cilia very well devloped on the sepals.

The photo is the type photo for the species and is absolutely correct.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar and Soto 1996 Photo/drawing fide;