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

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Photos by Daniel Jimenez.

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Photos by Walter Schug.


HOLOTYPE by Ames & Schweinfurth and The Epidendra Website.

Full Shade Cool Cold Winter

Common Name The Confused Lepanthes [Refers to this species being similar to L lindleyana]

Flower Size .1" [3 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in premontane rain forest to cloud forest and disturbed primary forests at elevations of 1800 to 2580 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 6, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, thick, elliptic, suffused with purple, minutely tridentate apically, cuneate at the base leaf that blooms on 1 to 2, behind the leaf, short to .15" [3.5 mm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence.

Close to L lindleyana but L decipiens has a very dissimilar lip and have almost equal petal-lobes which are minutely cellular-ciliolate.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; * Schedul. Orchid. 10: 41. 1930; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing not = L wageneri; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;