Lepanthes grandiflora Ames & C. Schweinf. 1930 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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What was known as L muldreae

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Another Flower

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Drawing by Ames & Schweinfurth , Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Common Name or Meaning The Large Flowered Lepanthes

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations above 2500 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, ramicauls enveloped by 6 or so lepanthiform sheaths carrying an erect, coriaceous, elliptic, acute, gradually narrows below into the base leaf that blooms in the fall on a 1" [2.5 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back side of the leaf.

Lepanthes grandiflora appears to be closely related only to L. chameleon , which differs in the more hispid cauline sheaths, the prominent peduncles and dissimilar petals." Ames & Schweinfurth 1930

"The red-purple flowers are large and shoey, the long-tailed sepals each about .8" [2 cm] long. The oblong blades of the petals cross behind the lip. The oblong blades of the lip have a thin lamina above the inner margin. The appendix is long and slender." Luer 1987 as L mulderae

Synonyms Lepanthes jennyi Luer 1991; Lepanthes mulderae Luer 1987

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; * Schedul. Orch. 10: 44-45. Ames & Schweinfurth 1930; Lindleyana 2: 197 Luer 1987 as L mulderae drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 as L mulderaephoto 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