Echinosepala expolita Pupulin & Belfort 2017

LCDP Photo by Franco Pupulin

Common Name The Shining Echinosepala [refers to the glossy apex of the lip]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in wet tropical to transition to premontane wet forests at elevations around 800 to 1300 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with stout erect, thicker in distal portion ramicauls enveloped completely by 3 to 5, tubular, ancipitous, obliquely truncate, whitish, glabrous, inflated, apically loose sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, linear-elliptic, midvein strongly protrudung abaxially, subacute, minutely emarginate apically leaf that is cuneate below into the conduplicate, sessile base and blooms in the spring and fall on a peduncle terete, subclavate, erect, glabrous, .072 to .01" [1.8 to 2.5 mm] long, fascile of successively single, few flowered inflorescence with papyraceous, loose, obliquely truncate-subobtuse, as long as the pedicel floral bract and carrying temporal flowers that open in the day and close at night and at night emit a scent close to urea.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * TWO NEW SPECIES OF ECHINOSEPALA (ORCHIDACEAE: PLEUROTHALLIDINAE)Pupulin, Karremans and Ocontirillo 2017 photo/drawing fide Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as photo fide