Lepanthes wullschlaegelii Fawc. & Rendle 1909 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaira Website

Common NameWullschlaegel’s Lepanthes [German Discover of species 1800’s]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Clarendon, Manchester, St Ann, St James and Trelawny parishes of Jamaica in moist to wet montane forests at elevations around 400 to 950 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped completely by 6 to 9, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, slightly acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a, filiform, arising on the top of the leaf, peduncle .24 to .32” [6 to 8 mm], rachis congested, distichous, .04” [ mm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

Characterized by the congested, distichous inflorescecne shorter than the elliptical leaf, broadly ovate, obtuse sepals with the dorsal more or less reflexed, bilobed petals with the lobes obliquely triangular and diverging, and a bilaminate lip with well developed blades. The oblong appendix protrudes beneath a notched sinus.


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