Lepanthes ciliisepala Schltr. 1923 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Joel McNeal and his P-Base Photo Site

Another Flower

Photo by Kazutoshi Moriya and the Peacewood Orchid Website

Plant and Flowers

Photo courtesy of Franco Pupulin.

Flower Closeup

Photo by Stefan Paeffgan.

Flower Closeup

Photo by Daniel Jimenez G. in Costa Rica

Leaf with 2 flowers on 2 inflorescence

Photo by Carlo Balistrieri

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing and collection Sheet by Ames and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Hairy Sepal Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela at elevations of 1400 to 2900 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped completely by 3 to 9, infundibuliform, acuminate, longitudinally nerved, muricate and papilose lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical erect, coriaceous, broadly lanceolate, ovate-lanceolate, to elliptic, minutely tridenticulate apically, shortly petiolate below into the base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, thin, distichous, racemose, subdensely successively single to 12 flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION This orchid has commonly been sold as Lepanthes jayandella Luer 1996 but if you look at the type drawing and Luer's comments it is definitely not that species!!!!


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 99. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Lankesteriana 19(1). 31 - 55 2019 photo fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;