Lepanthes edentula Luer 1995 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of Flower

Leaf and Flower

Photos by Jimemez, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Toothless Lepanthes [refers to the smooth margins of the sepals in comparrison to the similar L acostae]

Flower Size .1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations around 100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphtye with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 4 to 7, closely adpressed, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with oblique, slightly dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptical-ovate, acute, cuneate into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a congested, slender, disitchous, .33" [to 8 mm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence holding the flower on the front or back of the leaf.

"Closely allied to L acostae and is found in the ame area so could be considered a variation but it differs in the abscence of the prominent, marginal denticulation that characteizes L acostae. Although similar in habit L edentula is smaller and the inflorescnce is considerably shorter. being always shorter than the leaf." Luer 1995


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; * Lindleyana 10: 143 Luer 1995 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;