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

Photo by Miguel Soto

Deep shade Cool Cold LATESpring

Common Name The Snake-Like Lepanthes [refers to the keikis produced at the apex of the ramicauls]

Flower Size .16 [4 mm]

Found only in Chiapas state of Mexico and Guatemala on mossy branches within cloud forests at elevations around 1900 to 2200 meters as mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with ascending to prostrate, erect, or arcuate ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous-fleshy, ovate-elliptic, acute-acuminate, slightly convex, intense green, apically tridentate leaf, canaliculate and twisted below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on 1 to 2, only one per bloom season, 1/4 to 1/3 the leaf in length, on either side of the leaf, peduncle filiform, terete or somewhat compressed, .24 to .34 [6 to 9 mm] long, single tubular bracted near the middle, rachis subdistichous, somewhat flexuous, subcongested, .4 to .6 [1 to 1.5 mm] long overall, successively 1 at a time, 3 to 7 flowered inflorescence with obliquely infundibular, obtuse, lepanthiform floral bracts.

The photo above is the type photo so it is absolutely correct.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI *El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar and Soto 1996 Photo/drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018