Lepanthes zapotensis Dod 1993 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by D Dod and Moscosoa 7: 196 Dod 1993

Deep shade Cool Winter

Common Name The Zapoten Lepanthes [An area in the Bahoruco Mountain National Park near the southwestern border with Haiti]

Flower Size .24 [6 mm]

Found in the Dominican Republic in primary forests at elevations around 1500 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect to ascending ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 8, ribbed, microscopically echinate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic-ovate to ovate-triangular, acute, basally rounded into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on 1 to 8, peduncle .75" [1.8 cm] long, rachis 1.08" [2.7 cm] long, adpressed to the leaf, successively single, many flowered inflorescence.

Distinguished by the medium sized habit with a congested raceme of successive flowers arising on the back of the leaf with subacute, entire sepals, petals with the upper lobes oblong and obliquely truncate while the lower, triangular lobe is shorter. The blades of the lip are ovate and supported by short, broad connectives and a broad, bifid, pubescent appendix.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Moscosoa 7: 196 Dod 1993 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014