Lepanthes tenuiloba R.E.Schult. & Dillon 1959 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Another Flower Form

Another Flower Form


Photos by Gerardo Salazar/ Drawing by R Jimenez and Bold Systems v2.5 Photo Website


Common Name The Delicate Lobed Lepanthes [probably refers to the inferior lobes of the petals]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Chiapas state of Mexico and Guatemala in lower rainforests and cloud forests at elevations around 1500 to 2550 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, somewhat fleshy, elliptic to elliptic-ovate, rounded, tridenticualte, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring and summer on 1 to 4, erect, arising on the back of the leaf, longer than the leaf, peduncle filiform, to 1.6" [4 cm] long, rachis , .8" [2 cm] long, successively single, to 9 flowered inflorescence with obliquely infundibuliform, acute-spiculate, glabrous, scarioius, dark coffee colored floral bracts.

Similar to L guatemalensis but easily distinguished by the much larger, very concave flowers, the seplas proportionally shorter nand broader and the inferior lobe of the petals is much narrower.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rhodora 61: 17 Dressler 1959 drawing fide; El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar and Soto 1996 drawing/photo fide; Lepanthes de Guatemala Archila 2001 drawing/photo good; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018