Lepanthes williamsii Salazar & Soto Arenas 1992 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photo by I Aguirre

Another Flower Photo by Mario Velasquez and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another Flower Photo by Rodolfo Hernandez

Another Flower? Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Common Name Williams' Lepanthes [L.O.Williams Orchid Taxomonist 1900's]

Flower Size .2" [6 mm]

Found in Mexico and Guatemala in the sierra Madre de Chiapas in protected cloudforests at elevations around 2540 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte occuring lowdown on tree trunks in moss with erect, ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 5, scarious, brownish, thin, shortly imbricating, densely ciliate-papilose, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying, a single, apical, fleshy, elliptic, obtuse to acute, tridenticulate apically, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on to 8, .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION The Orchids in the photos above show the variation in the flower forms, the first photo is found in The Genus Lepanthes in Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996 and is the same as the photo in Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Salazar, Soto, Jimenez Lopez and Dressler 2005. The second photo is right on for Lepanthes de Guatemala Archila 2001. The others appear to be the same species but I have no verification as such.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Lepanthes in Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996 photo drawing fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Salazar, Soto, Jimenez Lopez and Dressler 2005 photo fide; Lepanthes de Guatemala Archila 2001 drawing/photo fide

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