Lepanthes ferrelliae Luer 1995 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Gary Yong Gee and his Orchid Photo Website

Leaf and Flower

Photo by Franco Pupulin

Full Shade CoolSummer

Common Name Ferrell's Lepanthes [Botanist and Co-discoverer of species in Costa Rica current]

Flower Size 3/8" [9 mm]

Found in Costa Rica in premontane rain forest to cloud forest and disturbed primary forests at elevations of 1400 to 1550 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 10 or so lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, acute, abruptly narrowing below into the cuneate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a few, 1" [2.5 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence

Similar to L guardiana, L daniel-jimenezii and L elegans but differs from L guardiana by the short upper lobe of the petals and hairless margined sepals, from L elegans by the the narrower sepals and the upper lobe of the petals are thinner, and lastly from L daniel-jimenezii by the shorter and less protruding from the appendix column.

" L. sanjuanensis is mainly distinguished by the green-purple, not reticulated leaves the petals with the upper lobe oblong, rounded, with the margins red, the lower lobe oblong, rounded, divergent at apex and the pinkish or orange-red lip." Luer 2012


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 10 1995 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003