Lepanthes capitana Rchb.f. 1855

SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves SERIES Breves Luer 1993 TYPE Drawing by Rchb.f

Deep ShadeColdFallWinter Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Large Flowered Inflorescence Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador at elevations of 2700 to 3300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 8, minutely scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall winter and spring on a loose, lightly flexuous, to 4" [10 cm] long, racemose, successively several flowered inflorescence.

This species is a small version of L elegantula which may turn out to be conspecific but it does differ in the larger flowers and the larger, longer sepals with long-acuminate apices.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide as L capitanea; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide as L capitanea