Lepanthes erinacea Rchb.f. 1855 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Daniel Jimenez

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Rchb.f in Xenia 1858

Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage

Full shade Warm CoolWinterSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Hedgehog-Like Lepanthes

Flower Size .15" [3mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped completely by 6 to 10 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly lanceolate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the cuneate base leaf that blooms in winter and spring on a 1/2" [1.25 cm] long, successively few, several flowered inflorescence held behind the leaf.

"Distinguished by the long-ciliate lepanthiform sheaths as well as long--ciliate floral bracts. The congested, distichous raceme is shorter than the leaf, the sepals are broadly ovte and subacute, the upper lobes of the petals are broadly cuneate, overlapping above the column and lip, the ovate blades of the lip are smaller than the column and the body is broad with a protuberant, oblong, pedunculate, pubescent appendix." Luer 1992 as L endresii

Synonyms Lepanthes apiculifera Schltr. 1923; Lepanthes endresii Luer 1992; Lepanthes wercklei Schltr.1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; *Bonplandia (Hannover) 3: 225. Rchb.f 1855; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1855 drawing fide; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih.19: 177. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as L apiculifera; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 # 8 2007 as L endresii photo fide; Lankesteriana 19(1). 31 - 55 2019 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;