Lepanthes unguicularis Hespenh. 1968 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Clawed Lepanthes [refers to the clawed lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Cornwall parish of Jamaica in cloud forests at elevations around 600 to 800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped completely by 4 to 5, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, filiform peduncle to .2 to .4 [5 to 10 mm] long, arising on the back of the leaf, rachis congested, distichous, .28 to .48" [1.2 1.7 cm] long successively single, several flowered inflorescence with as long as the pedicel floral bracts..


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014