Lepanthes garciae Bogarín & D.Jiménez 2015 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by © Daniel Jimenez

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by © D Bogarin and The American Orchid Society Website

Common Name Garcia's Lepanthes [Costa Rican biologist and co collector of the type current]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Costa Rica in primary oak cloud forests on hanging lianas at elevations of 2300 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect to pendent ramicauls enveloped by 8 glabrous, with the ostia minutely ciliate, ovate, acute, adpressed lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, subcoriaceous, elliptic, acute, conduplicate, emarginate, with a short apiculus, purplish beneath, roundish base narrowing into the short, petiolate base leaf that blooms mainly in the spring and summer on a racemose, distichous, peduncle .16" [4 mm] long, glabrous, to .4" [1 cm] long overall, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising above the leaf, with ovate, acuminate, conduplicate, membraneous, muriculate, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Similar to "L dolabriformis but is distinguished by the inflorescence up to .4" [1 cm] long, shorter than the leaves, [rather than .6" [1.5 cm] long, which is as long or slightly longer than the leaf], the entire glabrous petals with the upper lobe acute [rather than ciliate, pubescent with the upper lobe trunacte, the entire glabrous lip with ovate blades and the apices subfalcate [rather than ciliate pubescent with the blades narrowly ovate and the apices falcate." Bogarin & Jimenez 2015


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #7 Karremans & Jimenez 2015 and the AOS Website photo fide;