March 21, 2014

Lankesterella ceracifolia

This unusual miniature species is from Argentina and Brazil and is, if I am not mistaken, related to Cattleya.  The flowers are a little over half a centimeter and the plant with its rosette of waxy leaves is four centimeters.  The species name refers to the waxiness of the leaves.  The edges of the leaves, the flower spikes and the outside of the flowers are all covered with hairs. It belong to a genus of eight to ten species that are all very tiny.

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