Lepanthes helleri A.D.Hawkes 1966 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Photos by Alfaro, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Full Shade Warm Cold WinterSpringSummer Fall

Common Name Heller's Lepanthes [Nicaraguan Orchid Botanist 1900's]

Flower Size .08" [2mm]

Found in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in premontane rain forest to cloud forest and disturbed primary forests at elevations of 700 to 2500 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 4 to 7, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, orbicular, deeply concave and becoming latitudinally rolled with the margins almost touching and forming a tube, abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at any time on 1 to 3, mostly shorter than the leaf, 3/4" [2 cm] long, successively flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION Said to be conspecific with L comet-halleyi, with L helleri taking precedence, so L comet-halleyi would be reduced to a synonym but as you can see they are quite different, so if the determinations are correct it looks like 2 distinct species which I feel that they are.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; * Phytologia 14: 6 A D Hawkes1966Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 818 Hamer/Dodson 1983 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 5 2004 photo wrong;