Lepanthes atrata Endres ex Luer 1995 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photos by Bogarin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Leaf and Flower

Another Plant

Photos courtesy of Franco Pupulin.

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The American Orchid Society Lindleyana 10: 135 1995

Full Shade Warm LATE summer EARLY Fall

Common Name The Blackened Lepanthes [refers to the black cauline sheaths of the ramicaul]

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica in premontane rain forest to cloud forest and disturbed primary forests ayt elevations of 900 to 1000 metrers as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 11 to 14, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the shortly, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, 1" [2.5 cm] long, distichous, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.

"Related to the widely distributed L disticha but readily distinguished by the larger habit with the black sheaths of the ramicuals dilated at the apex. The congested, distichous, small flowered inflorecence is similar but the flower is distinguished by the protuberant body of the lip witha projecting, long appendix." Luer 1995


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; * Lindleyana 10: 135. Luer 1995 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;