Lepanthes byfieldii Hespenh. 1973 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Charles Marden Fitch

DrawingDrawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Full Shade Warm Summer Fall

Common Name Byfield's Lepanthes [Jamaican Forestry Worker and co-discoverer of species current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Surrey parish of Jamaica at elevations around 900 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 9, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a filiform, congested, disitchous, .8 to .92" [2 to 2.3 cm] long including the .4 to .52" [1 to 1.3 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 # 12 1983 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 as L brownii