Lepanthes florencia Dod ex Luer 2005 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage

Full Shade Warm Cool LATERSpring

Common Name The Florencia Lepanthes [reference unclear]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found on the Massif de Hotte of Haiti at elevations around 900 to 1100 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 8, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, stippled in purple, slightly convex, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, acuminate, broadly obtuse and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a congested, arising on the back of the leaf, distichous, extremely congested, 1.2 to 1.48" [3 to 3.7 cm] long including the .32 to .6" [ .8 to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with slightly echinate, shorter tha the pedicel floral bracts.

Characterized by a congested raceme arising on the back of the convex, elliptical, purple stippled beneath leaf, the entire, subacute sepals, the large petals with the upper lobe twice as long as the triangular lower lobe, and a lip with narrrowly ovate blades that are striaght and acute apically. The connectives are broad and the appendix is pubescent and ovoid in shape.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Systematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014