Lepanthes acostaei Schltr. 1923 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo courtesy of Walter Teague

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter and The Epidendra Website

Full ShadeWarm WinterSpringSummer Fall

Common Name Acosta's Lepanthes [20th cen Costa Rican Botanist]

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Nicaragua and Costa Rica at elevations of 540 to 650 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with black, slender, reclining to erect ramicauls enveloped by about 4, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, ovate, purplish beneath, round apically, basally petiolate leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a short, sucessively single, to 20 flowered, racemose inflorescence.

CAUTION Said to be a synonym of L blepharistes by Kew but I just don't see it if what I have for both species is correct. I have kept them separate pending new references.

"Similar to the habit of L lindleyana and the flowers of L cilisepala. Differs from L lindleyana in the ciliate sepals and the petals and lip. Differs from L cilisepala in the narrower leaves and the lip shape." Schlechter 1923

Synonyms Lepanthes blepharistes Rchb.f. 1866

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Checked OK Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Checked Type OK, * Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19: 280. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 815 Dodson 1983 as Lepanthes blepharistes