Lepanthes horrida Rchb. f. 1866 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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Another Flower

Another Flower

Another Flower

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Another Flower - Different lip

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HOLOTYPE Drawing by © Oakes Ames and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Horrible Lepanthes [Even though the Latin word horridus commonly refers to dreadful, horrible, or inspiring fear. However, the adjective bears the alternative meaning of bristly, referring to the stiff trichomes covering the ramicauls of this species]

Flower Size 1" long [2.5 cm] 1/2" wide [1.25 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in secondary forests at elevations of 1450 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect slender ramicauls with densely muriculate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying oblong, acute, tridenticulate apically, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a fractiflex, pendent, longer than the leaf, congested,successively many flowered inflorescence.

"This species is closely related to L. genetoapophantica but it differs in the ovate, erect petals (vs. linear-subfalcate), pink, parallel, ovate-elliptic lobes of the lip (vs. diverging, sub-trapezoid) and the shorter appendix, not extending beyond the lower apex of the lip (vs. extending far beyond the lobes of the lip)." Bogarín & Gravend. 2018

Synonyms Lepanthes sanchoi Ames 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type ?; * Beitr. Orchid.-K. C. Amer. 91. 1866; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 22. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 100. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 280. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 12 1983 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #11 2016 photo fide; Anchored hybrid enrichment generated nuclear, plastid and mitochondrial markers resolve the Lepanthes horrida (Orchidaceae: Pleurothallidinae) species complex Bogarín & Gravend. 2018 Drawing/photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide