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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 11/11/2012)
 

Flora Data (Last Modified On 11/12/2012)
Genus LEPANTHES SW.
PlaceOfPublication Nova Acta Soc. Sci. Upsal. 6:85. 1799
Reference Svensk. Vet-Akad. Handl. 21:249. 1800.
Description Small repent or caespitose epiphytic herbs. Stems (secondary stems) generally unifoliate, with several loose, often ciliate and pubescent, sheaths below. Leaves coriaceous. Inflorescence terminal, 1 or few from the base of the leaves, the flowers small, often distichous. Sepals subequal, often more or less connate at the bases or the laterals connate nearly to their apices. Petals shorter than the sepals, bipartite or transversely bilobed, usually short-unguiculate and adnate to the column, except L. eximim. Lip bibbed or sometimes trilobed, with the mid- lobe small and inconspicuous, adnate to the column, the lobes usually appearing as wings. Column short, footless, wingless, dilated at the apex; anther terminal, operculate, incumbent; pollinia 2, waxy.
Note An easily distinguished genus with many closely allied and poorly defined species.
Key a. Petals simple, not bilobed and transverse ...................... 8. L. EXIMIA
aa. Petals not simple, bilobed and transverse.
b. Sepals linear-lanceolate, at least 5 times longer than broad ................ 7. L. INSECTIFLORA
bb. Sepals broader than linear-lanceolate, less than 5 times longer than broad.
c. Anterior lobe of the petal as long as the dorsal sepal ...... 5. L. ROTUNDIFOLIA
cc. Anterior lobe of the petal shorter than the dorsal sepal.
d. Dorsal sepal less than 4 mm. long.
e. Petals 3-nerved ...................6. L. TURIALVAE
ee. Petals 1-nerved .................1. L. CHIRIQUENSIS
dd. Dorsal sepal 4 mm. long or longer.
f. Petal 1-nerved; dorsal sepal 14-17 mm. long .................... 4. L. MAXONII
ff. Petals 3-(5-)nerved; dorsal sepal 4-8 mm. long.
g. Dorsal sepal about 4-4, mm. long, ovate ................... 3. L. ECILIATA
gg. Dorsal sepal about 8 m. long, lanceolate .......... 2. L. ELATA
 
 
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