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 courtesy of Eric Hunt

Another Flower Photo courtesy of 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 The first photo is suspect, the other 2 are correct.

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 1969 not = L aquila-borussiae; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide vol 2 Dunterville & Garay 1979 drawing not = L aqulia-borrusiae; 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.; Lepanthes de Guatemala Archia 2001 as L archilae photo fide

Checked Salazar& Soto OK

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