Lepanthes microdonta Dod ex Luer 2003 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 24:21 Dod ex Luer 2003

Common Name The Small Toothed Lepanthes [refers to the cilia of the sepals]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Haiti near the Rio Glace without elevational data as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 6, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, broadly ovate-subcordate, obtuse, broadly cuneate to round and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, borne behind the leaf by a filiform peduncle .16 to .28" [4 to 7 cm] long, rachis .8" [2 cm] long, congested, distichous, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with echinate, longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Apparently endemic in the forested mountains of eastern Haiti, was collected by Dod and cul- tivated as "Riviere Glace #5." It is characterized by a small habit with broadly ovate, obtuse leaves that are eventually surpassed by a length- ening, congested raceme. The sepals are ovate, acute and slightly acuminate, with the laterals connate below the middle. The petals are transversely with the upper lobe oblong and the smaller lower lobe oblong-triangular. The lobes of the lip have incomplete, narrowly ovate blades below the middle that flank the column. The appendix is external, ovoid and densely pu- bescent." Luer 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 24: 19 Dod ex Luer 2003 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014

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