Lepanthes sousae Salazar & Soto Arenas 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo by © E Greenwood/TYPE Drawing by G Salazar and El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar and Soto 1996

Part shade Cold Spring

Common Name Sousa’s Lepanthes [Mexican Chief of the National Herbarium current]

Flower Size .2” [5 mm]

Found in Oaxaca state of Mexico as a branch epiphyte in perrenial forests at elevations around 2000 to 2300 meters as mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic, acute, dark green above and purple spotted beneath leaf that blooms in the spring on a shorter than the leaf, successively 1 at a time, few flowered inflorescence.

Similar in various aspects to L systole especially the short ovary, but differs in the non-attenuate leaves, the larger petals with a more rounded upper lobe, the lip laminae proprortionally narrower and the longer column. en las hojas no atenuadas, los pétalos más grandes y con el lóbulo superior más redondeado, las láminas del labelo proporcionalmente muy angostas y la columna más larga.

The photo above is the type photo so it is absolutely correct.


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