Lepanthes circularis Luer 1995 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Webpage


Common Name The Circular Leafed Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

Found in Cartago province of Costa Rica at elevations around 1200 to 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, comparitively stout ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5, close fitting, blackish, lepanthiform sheaths with short ciliate ribs and ostia and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, circular, obtuse to round, rounded and contracted below into the twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms on a filiform, racemose, congested, distichous, to .44" [1.1 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising behind the leaf and has muricate floral bracts.

"Characterized buy the little round leaves, and short congested racemes. The sepals are broadly ovate, obtuse and entire. The transverse petals are distinguished by minute lower lobes and .08" [.2 mm] long, and broad. Other species with extremely small lower lobes include L costaricensis, L reflexa and L subdimidiata. The blades of the lip are oblong with broad connectives and a minute, external appendix." Luer 1995


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 10: 140. 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;