Lepanthes striatifolia Hespenh. & Dod 1993 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

TYPE Drawing by Dod and Moscosoa 7: 195 Dod 1993


Common Name The Striate Leaved Lepanthes

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in the Dominican Republic in primary forests at elevations of 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, Lepanthopsis looking, caespitose epiphyte with erect to ascending ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 7, articulate, microscopically echinate stria, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform bracts and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic to obovate, acute, rose striated longitudinally, rounded into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on 1 to 2, erect, longer than the leaf, .92" [2.3 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence.

This species is easier to identify by the leaves that the flowers. The leaves are very distinctive with the rose colored sriations. The tiny flowers almost always go to seed before fully opening and so are dificult to find.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Moscosoa 7: 194 Dod 1993 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014