Lepanthes erubescens Bogarin, Pupulin & Karremans 2012 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Plant and Flowers

Photos by © Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © D Bogarin and the Three New Lepanthes (Orchidaceae: Pleurothallidinae) from South-East Costa Rica Bogarin, Pupulin & Karremans 2012 Website


Common Name or Meaning The Blushing Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Costa Rica in premontane wet forests at elevations of 450 to 1150 meters as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with slender, pendent ramicauls enveloped by 8, minutely ciliate, blackish lepanthiform sheaths with minutely ciliate, ovate, acute, adpressed ostia and carrying a single, apcil, erec, coriaceous, elliptical to ovate to suborbicular, acute to subacuminate, emarginate, with a short apiculus, purplish green, rounded below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a racemose, distichous, glabrous, to 1.08" [2.7 cm] long, including the .76" [1.9 cm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf with ovate, acuminate, conduplicate, membraneous floral bracts.

"Lepanthes erubescens resembles L. limbellata Endrés ex Luer. However, it can be distinguished mainly by the the pendent plants (vs. erect), with inflorescences that is borne above the leaf (vs. behind), the upper lobe ovate, acute, 1.3 mm wide, larger than the lower lobe (vs. narrowly ovate-triangular, narrowly obtuse, 0.6 mm wide, equal in length to the lower lobe) and the ovate lip blades (vs. narrowly oblong)." Bogarín & Karremans 2012


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Lankesteriana 12(2): 108 Bogarin, Pupulin & Karremans 2012 drawing/photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;