Lepanthes demissa Luer 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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Common Name The Drooping Lepanthes [Refers to the plant habit]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in primary cloud forests at elevations around 2100 to 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped completely by 5 to 7 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly elliptic, acute, minutely tridenticulate apically leaf that blooms in the winter on a few 1" [2.5 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence.

"Characterized by the weak ramicauls with a congested inflorescence on top of the thin, narrowly ovate, acuminate leaf. The sepals are cellular-denticulate, the petals are small and the appendix is minute and pubescent on the under surface of the body of the lip." Luer 1985

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; * Phytologia 55(3): 182. Luer 1984 Drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;