Lepanthes inaequalis Schltr. 1912

Photo by Edgar Alfredo Mo Mo and The Infojardin Webpage

Another Flower? Photo courtesy of Walter Teague

Common Name The Unequal Lepanthes [refers to the unequally lobed petals]

Flower Size 1/8" [3mm]

Found in Guatemala and El Salvador in cloud forests at elevations of 1200 to 2300 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, olive green, coriaceous, tridentate apically, narrowly elliptic, gradually narrows below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on more than one, thin, terete, .6" [1.5 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence arising on the front of the leaf with 1 to 2 flowers open at a time.

The second flower although similar is most likely not Lepanthes inaequalis, I await a better dtermination.

Synonyms Lepanthes juanii Luer & Behar 1990

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as Lepanthes inaequalis drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as Lepanthes inaequalis drawing fide; Lepanthes de Guatemala Archila 2001 drawing/photo fide;

Checked type drawing W3Tropicos OK

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