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

TYPE Drawing

Photo by © Gerardo Salazar/TYPE Drawing by R Jimenez and El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar and Soto 1996

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.

"Similar to L papillipetala but the new one is distinguished by the dark red flowers with narrower, acute sepals and narrower petals. It is also similar to L martinezii but it has pendent plants, with wider leaves, orange flowers and ovate wider and obtuse sepals." Salazar & Soto 1996

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


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