Lepanthes comet-halleyi Luer 1987

Another Flower

leaf and Flower

leaf and Flower Photos by Bogarin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Common Name The Comet Halley Lepanthes

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphtye with erect ramicauls enveloped completely by 3 to 6 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, round, incurved, obtuse leaf that blooms in the spring on a short single flowered inflorescence holding the flower within the inrolled leaf.

Said to be synomonous with L helleri but if so then either I have one of them wrong as they are not even close to similar or they are 2 distinct species as I feel they are. If they are synomonous then this species becomes a synonym of L helleri.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type fide; *Lindleyana 2(4): 185, 188. 1987 Luer drawing fide