Lepanthes gratiosa Pupulin & D.Jiménez 2009

Another Angle

Photos by © Daniel Jimenez

Common Name The Delightful Lepanthes

Flower Size .15" [3mm]

Found in Costa Rica on the Caribbean side of the Cordillera in wet montane forests at elevations around 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphtye with suberect to erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 10, slightly dilated apically, leapanthiform sheaths with acute, glabrous ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic, acute, thinly subcoriaceous, cuneate below and contracted into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a congesated, distichous, 2" [5 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the front of the leaf with a broadly ovate, acuminate, amplectant, sparsely glandular floral bract.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchid Digest Vol 73 Vol 3 2009 photo/drawing fide; Lankestriana 11(3): 185-205 Bogarin 2011 Photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide