Lepanthes confusa Ames & C.Schweinf. 1930 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Bogarin and The Epidendra Website

Flower and Leaf

Photo by Franco Pupulin.

TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade Hot Warm winter summer

Common Name The Confused Lepanthes

Flower Size .1" [3 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador in premontane rain forest to cloud forest and disturbed primary forests at elevations of 55 to 750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 6, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, lightly convex, abruptly narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and summer on a congested, distichous, .1 to .2" [3 to 5 mm] long, successively several flowered, filiform, racemose inflorescence arising beneath the leaf with echinate floral bracts.

"Characterized by the very small, elliptical, lightly convex leaves that bear a proportionally large, colorful flower on the purple underside of the leaf. The sepals are usually denticulate. The lobes of the petals are obliquely triangular and pubescent. The blades of the lip are long-pubescent and the appendix is thick and incurved with either an entire or minutely bifid at the apex." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; * Schedul. Orchid. 10: 40. Ames & Schweinfurth 1930; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 Luer drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pg 449 Pupulin 2020 photo/drawing fide; CHECKED Type fide