Lepanthes droseroides Luer 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Leaf and Flower

Photos by Bogarin, Used under permission of the Epidendra Website CR

TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer Used under permission of the Epidendra Website CR

Common Name The Drosera-Like Lepanthes [refers to a Sundew leafs resemblance to the appendix]

Flower Size .1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in wet montane forests at elevations of 2700 to 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphtye with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 2 to 6, tight, blackish lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, ovate to orbicular, shortly acuminate, abruptly narrows below into the cuneate, indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a short to 1" [2.5 cm] long, successively few, several flowered inflorescence holding the flower on the front of the leaf.

"Identified by the convex, suborbicular leaves, a short, congested, comb-like inflorescence, ovate sepals, an oblong one-veined upper lobe of the petals, ovate, convex blades of te lip and an elongate, subclavate, pubescent appendix in contact with the stigma." Luer 1987

SynonymsReferences W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; * Lindleyana 2: 188 Luer 1987 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 73 #3 2009 drawing/photo fide; Lankestriana 11(3): 185-205 Bogarin 2011 Photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pg 449 Pupulin 2020 photo fide