Lepanthes atwoodii Luer 1992 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Another Angle

Photos by Daniel Jimenez

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage

Part Shade Cold Summer

Common Name or Meaning Atwood's Lepanthes [American Botanist in Costa Rica later 1900's]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7 dark, closely applied, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, elliptical, acute, abruptly narrowing below into the round, cuneate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a close to the back of the leaf, peduncle .8 to 1.28" [2 to 2.7 cm] long, rachis .6" [1.5 cm] long, congested, distichous, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with shorter than teh pedicel floral bracts.

"Similar to L disticha but L atwoodii is ditinguished by the broad, lightly acuminate sepals, large, broad,trinerved petals considerably longer than teh sepals and uncinate blades of the lip with a trans verse body between the distant apices of the blades. The appendix is reduced to a minute lobule." Luer 1992


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Checked w3 Tropicos type OK; Checked Lankester's Epidendra Website CR OK; * Lindleyana 7(2): 100. Luer 1992 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;