Lepanthes forcipifera Luer 1995

Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Webpage

Common Name The Forceps Carrying Lepanthes [refers to the lobes of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica with no locational data as a mini-miniature sized epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by about 5 close fitting, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, suffused with purple, elliptical, acute, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a filiform, congested, distichous, to .24 to .32" [6 to 8 mm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising behind the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Lindleyana 10: 151. 1995 Luer drawing/photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003