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Babyboot Orchid
Lepanthes Ophelma.jpg
Lepanthes ophelma
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
Subtribe: Pleurothallidinae
Genus: Lepanthes


  • Brachycladium (Luer) Luer 2005, illegitimate homonym of 1838 name
  • Neooreophilus Archila
  • Oreophilus W.E.Higgins & Archila
  • Penducella Luer & Thoerle

Lepanthes (from Greek "scaled-flower") is a large genus of orchids with about 800–1000 species, distributed in the Antilles and from Mexico through Bolivia (with very few species in Brazil).[1] The genus is abbreviated in horticultural trade as Lths. Almost all the species in the genus are small and live in cloud forests.[2] Babyboot orchid is a common name.[3]

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  • Swartz, O. (1799) Nova Acta Regiae Societatis Scientiarum Upsaliensis 6: 85, f. 6.
  • Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.C. & Rasmussen, F.N. (2006) Epidendroideae (Part One). Genera Orchidacearum 4: 362 ff. Oxford University Press.
  • Luer, C.A. (2009) Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXX. Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 115: 1-265.

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