Lepanthes appendiculata Ames 1923

SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes Photo by Daniel Jimenez.

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Noble Bashor

Common Name The Appendaged Lepanthes

Flower Size 1/8" [3mm]

Chiapas Mx. and Guatemala, 1280m elev. Montebello Lake area, from colonies on small tree branches at eye level.

Found in southern Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador in Pine-oak and cloud forests at elevations of 1350 to 2500 meters as a rare, mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect to arching , slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 7 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, acute, tridenticulate and truncate apically, convex, coriaceous, gradually narrows below into the sulcate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on 2 to 6 per ramicaul, only one blooming at a time, on a short to 3/8" [1 cm] long, , filiform, distichous, flexuous, successively 4 to 10, single flowered inflorescence that arises on top of the leaf

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996; Lepanthes de Guatemala Archia 2001 photo fide

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