Lepanthes thurstoniorum Salazar, Soto Arenas & O.Suárez 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 Photo by © Gerardo Salazar

Deep shade Cool Cold EARLIER Winter LATERSpring Summer Fall

Common Name The Thurstons’ Lepanthes [American Orchid Enthusiasts and collectors in Mexico later 1900’s]

Flower Size .24” [6 mm]

Found only in Oaxaca and Chiapas states of Mexico in perrenial jungle forests at elevations around 1950 to 2550 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold, pendent growing epiphyte with descending, slightly arcuate ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 6 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, somewhat fleshy, somewhat rigid, widely elliptic, obtuse to subacute, minutely tridentate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring through earlier winter on 1 to 4, only 1 per bloom season, mostly longer than the leaf, mostly on the back of the leaf, peduncle filiform, .4 to .84” [1 to 2.1 cm] long, single tubular-infundibular bracted, rachis slightly flexuous, lax, 2.8” [7 cm] long overall, successively single, 4 to 13 flowered inflorescence.

The photo is the type photo for the species and is absolutely correct.


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