Lepanthes tecpanica Luer & Béhar 1990 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photos by © Mario Velasquez and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

deep Shade Cold summer

Common Name The Tecpan Lepanthes [a locality in Chimaltengo Guatemala]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Chiapas state of Mexico and Guatemala in mossy cloud forests at elevations of 2750 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with arcuate, descending ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 6, scarious, 6 veined,densely papilose-muricate lepanthiform sheaths with dilated, mucronate, densely papilose ostia carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly elliptic to lanceolate, olive green above, purplish beneath, acute and tridenticulate apically, very fleshy, sulcate beneath, shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on to 3, 1 to 2 in flower at once, filiform, to 1" [2.5 cm] long, dense, distichous, flexuous, successively single to 25 flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquidea Mex Vol 14 El Genero Lepanthes en Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996 drawing/photo fide; Lepanthes de Guatemala Archila 2001 drawing/photo fide; Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018