Lepanthes herrerae Luer & Béhar 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by © Fredy Archila

Plant and Flowers

Photo by © Mario Velasquez and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The AOS Website and Lindleyana Vol 6 #2: 70 Luer 1991

deep Shade Cold summer

Common Name Herrera's Lepanthes [Guatemalan Orchid Enthusiast and discoverer of species current]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in western Guatemala at elevations around 2130 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4, microscopically glandular lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic, tridenticulate apically, gradually anrrowing below intothe petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a shorter thatn the leaf, .28 to .68" [7 to 17 mm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence.

"Distinguished by the short, densely flowered inflorescence. The sepals are lightly acuminate. The truncate upper lobe of the transversely bilobed petals is reminiscent of some South American species. The edge is not markedly erose, but it is more or less irregular. The most distinctive feature is the thick body of the bilaminate lip. From the anterior margin the appendix is hinged. The appendix is pubescent, more or less oblong and recurved with a bifid apex." Luer 1991


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI * Lindleyana Vol 6 #2: 70 Luer 1991 drawing fide; Orquidea Mex Vol 14 El Genero Lepanthes en Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996 as synonym of L almolongae; Lepanthes de Giatemala Archila 2001 drawing/photo good; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018