Lepanthes durikensis Bogarín & Pupulin 2014 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by © Daniel Jimenez

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Franco Pupulin and the Epidendra Website

Full Shade Cold Winter Spring

Common Name The Cerro Durika Lepanthes [A Costa Rican Biological reserve in the Talamanca Cordillera]

Flower Size .28" [7 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations around 2000 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, glabrous, whitish sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, broadly elliptic, rounded, deeply and narrowly retuse, with a distinct abaxial apical mucro, shortly cuneate below into the petioalte base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a longer than the leaf, loose, distichous, peduncle filiform, to .8" [2 cm] long, provided with 1 to 2, short, tubular, obtuse bracts, rachis fractiflex, to 1.6" [4 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with broadly ovate, amolectent, subacute, sparsely muriculate, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers

"This species is distinguished by the non resupinate flowers, the lateral sepals ovate with the apical tails diverging, the lower lobe of petals lanceolate-subfalcate, up-curved and the pinkish column. Among the species of the group, it shares the non resupinate flowers with L. edwardsii, but the latter can be separated by the elliptic lateral sepals, the tails straight to curved inward, the rounded lower lobe of petals and the yellowish-white column." Bogarin & Pupulin 2014


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid 71(1): e001 2014 photo/drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #7 Karremans & Jimenez 2015 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide