Lepanthes pachyglossa Luer 1985 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage

Common Name The Thick Lipped Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Panama in cloud forests at elevations around 800 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 15, long ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, subplicate below the middle, ovate, acute, lightly acuminate, plicate, more or less truncate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, 2" [5 cm] long including the 1.2" [3 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf with ciliate floral bracts.

"This species is related to the Colombian L. troglodytes Luer & Escobar from which it is indistinguishable vegetaively. The blades of the lip of L. pachyglossa are reduced to thickened margins of a very thick and broad body. The minute appendix is on the external surface." Carl Luer Phytologia 57: 59 1985


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 57: 59 Luer 1985;