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

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Lindleyana 5: 195 Luer & Béhar 1990 and The AOS Webpage

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

"Characterized by the congested inflorescencec shorter than the narrowly elliptical, thick leaves. The flowers are not distinctive, the sepals being ovate and acute, the petals of averager size and bilobed, the upper lobe considerably larger than the lower lobe and the lip bilaminate with a small, oblong, pubescent appendix not unlike seen in the L inaequalis-L stenophylla complex." Luer 1990.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 5: 194 Luer & Béhar 1990 and The AOS Webpage drawing fide; Orquidea Mex Vol 14 El Genero Lepanthes en Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996;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