Lepanthes stenophylla Schltr. 1912 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photo by © E Greenwood

Another Flower? Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower Photo by Eric Hunt

Another Flower Photo by Patricia Harding

Common Name The Thin Leafed Lepanthes

Flower Size 1/8" [3 mm]

Found from Southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador and Venezuela at elevations of 1350 to 1600 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphytic orchid with ascending, arching or erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 4 to 7 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic, narrowly elliptic or lanceolate, coriaceous, tridenticulate apically, gradually narrows below into the short petiolate base leaf and blooms in the spring and fall on 1 to 6 per ramicaul, only one flowering at a time, shorter than the leaf to 3/4" [1.9 cm] long, subdistichous, racemose, successively single flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf with 2 to 4 flowers occuring in the spring and fall.

CAUTION This orchid is highly variable in its flower forms. Lepanthes stenophylla clearly presents another case, like L. guatemalensis, of poorly understood variation in size of plants and size of flowers.

Synonyms Lepanthes archilae Luer & Béhar 1990;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 =not = L aquila-borrusiae; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 drawing not = L aquila-borussiae; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 not = L aquila-borussiae; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide vol 2 Dunterville & Garay 1979 drawing not = L aqulia-borrusiae; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 12 Catling 1990 drawing/photo fide; El Genero Lepanthes Sw. En Mexico Salazar & Soto 1996 drawing/photo fide to the 2nd and third photos, the first photo while close has slightly different petals and lip; Orchid Digest Vol 62 #2 1998 photo fide; Lepanthes de Guatemala Archia 2001 as L archilae photo fide

Checked Salazar& Soto OK