Lepanthes pollardii Hespenh. 1973 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photo by © Gerardo Salazar

Deep shade Cold LATERSummer

Common Name Pollard’s Lepanthes [American Orchid Enthusiast in Mexico later 1900’s]

Flower Size .2” [5 mm]

Found only in Oaxaca Mexico on trunks of trees within cloud forests at elevations around 2400 to 2700 meters as mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with arcuate to prostrate ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, somewhat fleshy, ellliptic to elliptic-ovate, acute to shortly acuminate, flat to somewhat rolled up, tridenticulate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on 1 to 3, only one per bloom season, always shorter than the leaves, mostly arising on the back of the leaf, peduncle to .3 to .52” [7.5 to 13 mm] long, single tubular bracted, rachis slightly flexuous, congested, 1.2” [3 cm] long overall, successively single, to 16 flowered inflorescence .

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

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