Lepanthes guardiana Endres ex Luer 1995

Leaf and Flower

Photos by Karremans, 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. 1995; 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;