Lepanthes guardiana Endres ex Luer 1995 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Leaf and Flower

Photos by Karremans, Used under permission of The Epidendra Website CR

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer Used under permission of The Epidendra Website CR


Common Name The ? Lepanthes

Flower Size .15" [3mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations of 1500 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphtye with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 4 to 6, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptical, shortly acuminate, gradually narrows below into the cuneate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on a short successively few, several flowered inflorescence holding the flower on the front of the leaf.

Similar to L elegans, L daniel-jimenezii and L ferreliae but differs from L elegans by the red and yellow striped upper lobe of the petals and hairy margined sepals, from L ferreliae by the the wider sepals and the upper lobe of the petals are almost circular, and lastly from L daniel-jimenezii by the longer and protruding far from the appendix column.

" L. sanjuanensis is mainly distinguished by the green-purple, not reticulated leaves the petals with the upper lobe oblong, rounded, with the margins red, the lower lobe oblong, rounded, divergent at apex and the pinkish or orange-red lip." Luer 2012

SynonymsReferences W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; * Lindleyana 10: 156 Luer 1995 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;