Lepanthopsis comet-halleyi Luer 1991 SUBGENUS Microlepanthes Photo by Moises Behar

Full Shade Cool LATE Winter EARLY Spring

Common Name The Haley's Comet Lepanthes [the comet was visible at Monteverde where this species was discovered]

Flower Size .1" [2 mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 6, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, subacute to obtuse, basally rounded and cuneate into the twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a congested, distichous, 2" [5 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Icones Pleurothalldinarum Vol VIII Luer 1991 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003