Lepanthes gracillima Endres ex Luer 1995

Plant and Flower

Photos by Bogarin and Epidendra Orchid Webpage


Common Name The Very Slender Lepanthes

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in pastures at 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 4, thin, tubular, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, margined, obtuse t orounded, cuneateto rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter through early spring on a filiform, congested, .4" [1 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence holding the flower near the tip to beyond the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Luer 1999 Drawing fide; 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;