Lepanthes dichroma Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Webpage


Common Name The Two Colored Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [2 mm]

Found in Costa Rica in humid forests at elevations of 1500 to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 8 lepanthiform sheaths with minutely ciliate-scabrous ostia and carrying a single, horizontal, coriaceous, ovate, subacute, acuminate, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a filiform, congested, distichous, .44" [1.1 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

"Distinguished by the small habit with spreading, ovate-acuminate leaves rounded basally. The flower has green sepals, andf the petals and lip are described as "cinnabar scarlet" by Endres is borne on top of the leaf. Although connate above the middle that lateral sepals are held together as a synsepal. The transverse petals are proportionally large and 3 veined. Flanking the column the lobes of the lip are very small, oblong with rounded endds and with ill-defined blades The appendix is proportionally alrge with the broad apex long-ciliate." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 11: 59 Luer 1996 drawing fide