Lepanthes trullifera Hespenh. & Dod 1990 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Hespenheide and Moscosoa 6: 192 Hespenh. & Dod 1990

Deep shade Cool LATERSpring

Common Name The Trowel Carrying Lepanthes [refers to the rolled lip apex]

Flower Size .16" {4 mm]

Found in Baharona province of the Dominican Republic in wet montane broadleaved forests at elevations around 1300 to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 6 to 7, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, purple suffused beneath, coriaceous, convex, microscopically ciliate, ovate, acute, rounded to broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect, held beneath the leaf, peduncle .12 to .16" [3 to 4 mm] long, rachis congested, distichous, to .2" [5 mm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with slightly echinate, as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"Identified by a small habit with a short, congested raceme borne beneath the convex, ovate leaf. The sepals are narrrowly triangular, acute, entire and three veined, the dorsal sepal being concave with the apex curved forward. The lobes of the petals are ovate and obtuse. The most distinctive feature is the bilobed lip, subquadrate when expanded, but in natural position the short column is embraced by the lower parts of the lobes. The broad apex is shallowly retuse with a minute angle, no doubt analogous to the appendix." Ackerman 2014


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Moscosoa 6: 191 Hespenh. & Dod 1990 drawing as L trulliformis fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014