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Lepanthes manabina

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by JohnsonS, Jan 18, 2015.

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  1. JohnsonS

    JohnsonS Active Member

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    Lepanthes manabina

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    I really love the foliage on this one, as well; the leaves have very nice contours that go well with the velvety-texture:

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    And, this may be a silly question but do Lepanthes produce both "male" and "female" flowers? There was a second flower on a separate leaf that had an additional structure. I was just curious, as many of the Lepanthes spp. flower photos I've seen look more like what I have posted above, without this additional structure. I will see if I can upload a photo of this other flower...
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Love it and I want a piece.....but I am not sure if it is L. manabina tho...kinda remember some vendor had listed it as another species.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Shaun, unlike many manabina that have been posted (including mine) I think you may have the real L. manabina here. Mine and many others sold as L. manabina are really L. gargoyla. I can't discern a fringe on the lower side of the lip which is the primary distinguishing feature.
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    ODV listed it as Lepanthes mastodon at one time, so you might want to do a research on it. Whatever it is, I think I like its foliage better than those gargoyle or manabina.
     
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    Kelly, I agree; my L. gargoyla was labelled as such.

    Tom, I am quite certain this is L. manabina. I have seen several sources that list L. mastodon as being synonymous with L. manabina. All of the photos I have seen with a positive identification as being L. manabina (and not L. gargoyla) are identical to what I have, as well.

    Here is a photo of L. manabina from Epidendra (http://www.epidendra.org/taxones/Lepanthes/Lepanthes manabina/):

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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Perhaps you are correct, Shaun. I have two plants , one is labeled as gargoyla and the other is labeled as manabina. Although the flower details have some minor differences, the growths(leaves) are almost identical to me. I have been quite puzzled about that.
    I will forward this to someone to take a good look and see if it fits the original description.
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Shaun, just confirmed by a botanist yours most likely is the real Lep. manabina. Congrats! I guess many of us have the wrong one.