Lepanthes acostaei Schltr. 1923

Photo courtesy of Walter Teague

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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.

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