Lepanthes mashpica Baquero & T.S.Jaram.2019 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

Parts of the flowers

Comparison of L mashpica to Lepanthes acrogenia, D. Lepanthes satyrica, and E. Lepanthes hirsutula, F. Lepanthes thoracica

Photos by Luis Baquero other than Sebastian Moreno [C & F] and Andreas Kaye [D]

Common Name The Reserva Mashpi

Flower Size .8” [2 cm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador at elevations around 800 to 1200 meters growing on slender branches as a mini-miniature sized, and adult plants rarely having more than three ramicauls, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect to horizontal, elongated, thin ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 9 apiculated at the apex, tightly fitting acuminate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, green, thinly coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, the base cuneate, the apex tridentate, lightly-sulcated at adaxial side leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a lax, distichous, filiform peduncle 1 to 1.4” [25 to 35 mm] long, erect, flexuous, up to 2” [50 mm] long overall, borne by a successivelysingle, several flowered inflorescence with spiculate, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

”Lepanthes mashpica is most similar to L. satyrica Luer & Hirtz, both bearing a lip with an elongated, descending, triangular process. Lepanthes mashpica is distinguished by the spiculate margins of the sepals (vs. minutely cellular-denticulate), the long-pedicellate, inflorescence, successively severalflowered raceme, borne near the apex of the leaf (vs. short inflorescence, successively few-flowered raceme, borne close to the base of the leaf), the petals very small, transversely bilobed, upper and lower lobes similar in size and shape, narrowly oblong, hispid (vs. transversely bilobed petals with a minute apiculum on the margin between the lobes, the upper lobe long-pubescent, the lower lobe, short-pubescent), a lunate and curved apex of the rostellum (vs. truncate, straight apex of the rostellum) and the appendix simple, acute and pubescent (vs. vertically bilobed appendix).” Baquero etal 2019

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Lankesteriana 19(2) 99 2019 photo fide

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