Lepanthes cuspidata Luer 1995 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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Leaf and Flower

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luere

hot Warm Winter

Common Name The Pointed Lepanthes [refers to the acuminate sepals]

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5, minutely ciliate, close fitting, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a filiform, racemose, congested, distichous, to .36" [9 mm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising from behind the leaf with muriculate floral bracts.

"Allied to L excedens but the 3 times larger flower with long-attenuate sepals seems sufficient to separate them. There are monor differences in the formation of the blades of the lip. The blades of L cuspidata are incomplete on the thick margins of the connectives." 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;