Lepanthes elegans Luer 1995 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Leaf and Flower

Photos courtesy of Franco Pupulin.

Flower Closeup

Photo courtesy of Daniel Jimenez

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The American Orchid Society Lindleyana 10 147 Website

Common Name The Elegant Lepanthes

Flower Size .15" [3 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in primary forests at elevations around 1600 to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 4 to 6 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, tridenticulate apically, abruptly narrowing into the cuneate base leaf leaf that blooms in the winter on a single successively single few flowered inflorescence

Similar to L guardiana, L daniel-jimenezii and L ferreliae but differs from L guardiana by the red and yellow upper lobe of the petals and hairless margined sepals, from L ferreliae by the the wider sepals and the upper lobe of the petals are almost circular, and lastly from L daniel-jimenezii by the longer and protruding far from the appendix column.

" Lepanthes sanjuanensis is similar to L. elegans Luer. Both are characterized by the relatively large plants up to 12" [30 cm] tall, the flowers are small compared to the plant habit, produced below the leaf, and the lip is minute with conspicuous long-ciliate apexes. However, L. sanjuanensis is mainly distinguished by the green-purple, not reticulated leaves (vs. reticulated), the petals with the upper lobe oblong, rounded, with the margins red (vs. obliquely ovate, with a red blotch at the middle of the upper lobe), the lower lobe oblong, rounded, divergent at apex (vs. obliquely triangular, acute, converging) and the pinkish or orange-red lip (vs. yellow)." Luer 2012


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; * Lindleyana 10: 146 Luer 1995 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Lankesteriana 12(2): 108 Bogarin, Pupulin & Karremans 2012; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;