Lepanthes horichii Luer 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photos courtesy of Franco Pupulin.

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade Warm cool WinterSpringFall

Common Name Horich's Lepanthes [German Orchid Collector in Costa Rica Current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in premontane rain forest to cloud forest and disturbed primary forests at elevations of 750 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a suberect ramicaul enveloped by lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic, acute, abruptly narrowing below into the cuneate base leaf that blooms in the winter, spring and fall on a few, .4" [1 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.

"This relatively large species is easily recognized by, the stout ramicauls enclosed by a relatively few dark brown to blackish, closely appressed sheaths, the thick, heavy elliptical leaves bend the ramicaul with their weight, densely distichous, long-pedicellate racemes shorter than the leaves, ovatte, acute, entire sepals and blades of the lip with long, villous hairs overlying the column." Luer 1987


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; * Lindleyana 2(4): 194 Luer 1987 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;