Lepanthes blephariglossa Schltr. 1918 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photos by Daniel Jimenez, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Leaf and Flowers Photos by Franco Pupulin.

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter and The Epidendra Webpage

Full Shade Cool Spring

Common Name The Fringed Lip Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in premontane rain forest to cloud forest and disturbed primary forests at elevations of 1500 to 1900 as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with reclining, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 3 to 5, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, erect, narrowly ovate, acute, abruptly narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a fascile of successively single flowered inflorecence with distichously arranged flowers held on the back of the leaf.

" This very small species with a congested raceme shorter than the little elliptical leaf is most distinctive by the suborbicular, ciliate lip that surrounds the column. The lip is deeply incised in front creating two halves. At the apex of the sinus on the outer surface is a minute tuft of hairs, a vestigal appendix." Luer 1987 as L collaris

Synonyms Lepanthes collaris Luer 1987

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR Checked type OK; Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 394. Schlechter 1918; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 99. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Lindleyana 2: 185 Luer 1987 as L collaris 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 Pg 449 Pupulin 2020 photo/drawing fide;