Lepanthes verapazensis Archila 1998 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by Jose Monzon Sierra and his Facebook page

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Fredy Archila

Full Shade Cool

Common Name The Verapaz Lepanthes [A region of Guatemala that is rich in Lepanthes species]

Flower Size .64" [1.6 cm]

Found in Guatemala in cloud forets at elevations around 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic-orbicular, green, tridentate, central lobe triangular, laterals obliquely acute, similar in size, gradually narrowing and subcanaliculate below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms on a longer than the leaf, distichous, .88 to 1.68" [2.2 to 4.2 cm] long, successively single, 5 to 8 flowered inflorescence enveloped basally by floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Lepanthes de Guatemala Archila 2001 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide