Lepanthes helicocephala Rchb.f. 1856 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 Photo by Luis Felipe Varela and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Flower just opening Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista and Orchidstudium

Flower and Leaf Photo By Maarten Sepp

Full ShadeHot Warm Spring Fall

Common Name The Haloed Head Lepanthes [probably refers to the petiole of the ealf with the flowers arising on the back side of the leaf]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in French Guiana, Surinam, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil at elevations of 60 to 950 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 6 to 9, glabrous to microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, obtuse, broadly cuneate to rounded below and contracted into a petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a congested, distichous, .2 to .4" [7 to 12mm] long, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising behind the leaf.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 3 Foldats 1970 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo ok; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 275 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Volume XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;

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