Lepanthes maxima Salazar & Soto Arenas 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 Photo courtesy of Noble Bashor

Common Name The Very Large Lepanthes [refers to the large flowers compared to other Mexican Lepanthes]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Pictured species - Chiapas Mx., 1280m elev., Montebello Lake area, on branches of small tree.

Found in Chiapas Mexico in perennial rainforest and pine forests at elavations of 1350 to 1600 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect to ascending, slender ramicauls completely enveloped by 5 to 6 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic to ovate, obtuse to rounded, fleshy coriaceous, tridenticulate, gradually narrows below into the cuneate and shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and summer on to 3 per ramicaul, but only one flowereing at a time, lateral, longer than the leaf, to 1" to 1 3/4" long, filiform, terete, subdistichous, sinuous, lax, successively single flowered inflorescence arising from the apex of the ramicaul with up to 5 flowers

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996 drawing/photo fide

Checked Drawing Hagsater OK

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