A Journal of Neotropical Biodiversity
ISSN 1809-5348 (print), 2358-2847 (online)

Neodiversity - Article

Homalopetalum leochilus (Rchb.f.) Soto Arenas (Orchidaceae): complete description and first illustration

Werner Siebje Mancinelli
Eric de Camargo Smidt

Neodiversity, Volume 8, Issue 1, Pages 1-7

DOI: 10.13102/neod.81.1, Publication Date: 2015-03-09


One of the smallest species of Laeliinae, Homalopetalum leochilus is native to Cuba and Hispaniola. This is a curious orchid species with a unique morphology in Laeliinae. This species provides difficulties for its systematic placement and remains without an analytical illustration. This article presents a detailed description and for the first time an illustration of the species. A table comparing the floral morphology of H. leochilus to other species of the genus is presented.

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