Lepanthes ferrelliae Luer 1995

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