Lepanthes dotae Endres ex Luer 1995 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Webpage


Common Name The Dota Lepanthes [A Town in Costa Rica]

Flower Size .25" [6 mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations of 1500 to 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 10, closely adpressed, lepanthiform sheaths with oblique ostia and carrying a single, erect, dark green, coriaceous, broadly elliptic to suborbicular, obtuse, slightly convex, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a filiform, congested, distichous, 1" [2.5 cm] long, successively 10 to 12 flowered inflorescence arising behind the leaf and with muriculate floral bracts.

Not seen since Endres collected it in 1867 when he said then that it was scarce.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 10: 143 Luer 1995 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;