Lepanthes olmosii Bogarín 2009 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

Photos & TYPE drawing by © Bogarin, Luer and Epidendra Orchid Website


Common Name Olmos' Lepanthes [Panamanian Orchid Nurseryman current]

Flower Size .35" [7mm]

Found in Chiriqui department of Panama in rainforests at elevations around 2100 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 8, tight fitting, blackish lepanthiform sheaths with narrow, minutely ciliate margin ostia, and carrying a single, apical, erect, subcoriaceous, elliptic, acute to shortly acuminate, conduplicate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a filiform, arcuate, congested, distichous, [4" [10 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising from either side of the leaf with triangular, amplectent, acute floral bracts.

"Lepanthes olmosii belongs to the Lepanthes disticha complex characterized by the erect ramicauls with blackish, amplectent lepanthiform sheaths with narrow ostia and the coriaceous, ovate, acute to acuminate leaves. Although similar in habit to L. poasensis , L. olmosii can be recognized by the arcuate inflorescences (unique among the L. disticha-complex), the smaller ovaries less than .08" [2 mm] long (up to .16" [4 mm] in L. poasensis), the larger flowers (less than .32" [8 mm] long in L. poasensis), the petals with ciliate margins and the lower lobe oblong and rounded, and the lip blades ear-shaped and perpendicular to the column. The sepals are golden colored and the petals suffused with scarlet red." Bogarin 2009

Part of the L disticha complex along with L disticha, L poasensis, L parvilabia, L casasae and L similis


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *