Lepanthes pantomima Luer & Dressler 1986 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Side View OF Flower Photos by Kerry Dressler and Epidendra Orchid Website

Common Name The Pantomime Lepanthes [refers to the cuteness of the flower reminiscent of a female pantomime]

Flower Size .06" [1.5 mm]

Found in Bocas del Toro Panama in wet montane forests at elevations around 350 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with suberect, very slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 7, closely adpressed, microscopically rugose, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, pendent, coriaceous, ovate, satin green, purple margined and beneath, subacute to obtuse apically, subsessile base leaf that blooms in the winter on a filiform, congested, distichous, .52" [1.3 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf with muriculate floral bracts.

Related to L calodictyon along with L barbelifera, L pantominia, L pretiosa, L salatrix, L tentacula and L volador .

Synonyms Lepanthes arachnion Luer & Dressler 1986

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia 16: 3. 1986. Luer & Dressler drawing/photo fide; Orquidea Mex Vol 14 El Genero Lepanthes en Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996 drawing/photo fide