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Lepanthes

Lepanthes tridentata plate.jpg
Lepanthes tridentata from Edwards's Botanical Register, volume 21

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Pleurothallidinae
Alliance:
Genus: Lepanthes
Sw. 1799
Type Species
Lepanthes ovalis


Lepanthes is a large genus of orchids with about 700 species. The genus is abbreviated in horticultural trade as Lths.

Distribution[]

This genus is distributed in the Antilles island and from Mexico through Bolivia with several species in Brazil.

Description[]

Plants usually have a small flower on a single leaf. Flowers are usually successive and have a specific lip.

Culture[]

Keep plants in a moist mix of fine bark or sphagnum moss. Do not let mix dry. Plants should watered regularly. Plants require cool to warm temperatures, depending on the species and shade.

Naming[]

The name is derived from the Greek word for "scaled-flower". It is also commonly known as the Babyboot Orchid

Synonyms[]

  1. Brachycladium (Luer) Luer, 2005.

Species[]

See List of Lepanthes species
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