Lepanthes voodoo Tremblay & Ackerman 2001 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by B Angel


Common Name The Voodoo Lepanthes [refers to its being Living Dead as it is greatly in danger of becoming extinct]

Flower Size .18" [4.5 mm]

Found in Haiti in broadleaved gallery forests at the base of small trees and shrubs elevations around 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped completely by 3 to 6, lepanthiform sheaths with ciliate, cuspidate, acuminate ribs and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple beneath, ovate-elliptic, obtuse, tridentate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at least in the late spring on 1 to 4, divergent form the leaf, usually adaxial, peduncle filiform, to .24 to .72 [6 to 1.8 cm] long, rachis congested, distichous, 1" [2.5 cm] long successively single, many flowered inflorescence with sheathing, conduplicate, keeled, minutely ciliate on midvein and mrgin, as long as to just shorer than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Similar to L urbaniana but it has a minutely pubescent lip and a three nerved dorsal sepal while L voodoo has a glabrous lip and a 5 nerved dorsal sepal. Also close to L teretipetala which has cliliate leaf margins, the peduncles longer, the petal lobes 1-nerved and the lateral lobes of the lip glabrous.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing fide