Lepanthes cochleariifolia [Sw.]Sw. 1799SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae 1996 Photo courtesy of Di Orchideen and Duetsche Orchideen-Gesellschaft E. V. Website

Common Name The Shell-Shaped Leaf Lepanthes

Found in eastern Jamaica in humid forests at eleavations of 600 to 1000 meters as a miniature sized, caespitose, unifoliate epiphyte with erect to suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 4 to 8 long ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, appical, erect, coriaceous, occasionally suffused with purple beneath, broadly elliptica to suborbicular, convex, obtuse, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms with a fascicle of capillary, distally distichously, .15" to .2" [3 to 6 mm] long, laxly few flowered, racemose inflorescence that are half as long as the leaves and having minute flowers.

Synonyms *Epidendrum cochlearifolium Sw. 1788

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 11 1993 photo; Icones Pleurothallinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide

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