Lepanthes quetzalensis Luer & Béhar 1990 Photo by © Mario Velasquez and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Flower in situ Guatemala

Leaf and Flowers Photos by © Edgar Alfredo Mo'Mo'

Full shade WarmCool winter

Common Name The Quetzal Lepanthes [Quetzal Preserve between Cobán and Union barrios in Guatemala]

Flower Size .15" [3mm]

Found in Baja Verapaz, Guatemala in montane forests at elevations around 1600 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, suborbicular, rounded and denticulate apically, abruptly narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on 1 to 4, distichous, congested, .75" to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, succcessively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf

Often cited as a synonym of L scopula but differs in the much more distichous inflorescence the wider at one end lip shape and colors of the sepals and petals, as well as earlier bloom time.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquidea Mex Vol 14 El Genero Lepanthes en Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996; Lepanthes de Guatemala Archila 2001 drawing/photo fide

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