Lepanthes totontepecensis Salazar & Soto Arenas 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photo by © Gerardo Salazar

Part shade Cool Cold LATE Fall EARLY Spring

Common Name The Totontepec Bulbophyllum [A town In Oaxaca Mexico]

Flower Size .06” [1.5 mm]

Found in Oaxaca Mexico at elevations around 2000 meters as mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with ascending, erect, purple ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 3 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous-fleshy, intense translucent green above, purple on the back, elliptic, acute, apically prominently tridentate, the middle tooth more digitiform, shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall through spring on a 1/2 as long as the leaf, often on the back, peduncle .08 to .1” [2 to 2.5 mm] long, rachis distichous, very short, successively single, 3 flowered inflorescence with obliquely infundibuliform, obtuse, lepanthiform floral bracts.

The photo above is the type photo from Salazar & Soto’s paper describing this species.


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