Lepanthes eximia Ames 1923 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Inflorescence and Leaf

Photos by Franco Pupulin and The Epidendra Website

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Oakes Ames and The Epidendra Webpage

Full Shade WarmCold SummerFall

Common Name The Extraordinary Lepanthes

Flower Size .08" [2mm]

Found in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in montane rain forest to cloud forest and disturbed primary forests at elevations of 1100 to 2050 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 3 to 5, close, abruptly expanding towards the apex which is lanceolate and acuminate with hispidous margins and carries a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, orbicular to widely ovate-elliptic, tridentate apically, finely glandular beneath leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, .4" [1 cm] long, successively few, single flowered inflorescence.

Similar to L tipulifera in habit otherwise with no close allies in Central America, the floral structure indicates transitional tendenies towards Pleurothallis." Ames 1923

Synonyms Lepanthes abnormis Schltr. 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; * Schedul. Orchid. 5: 21. Ames 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 21. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as L abnormis; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 ; ones Planetarum tropicarum Plate 816 Hamer/Dodson 1983 drawing ok?; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing good; 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;