Lepanthes inescata Luer 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Walter Teague

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Lindleyana 2: 198 Luer 1987 AOS Website


Common Name

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Costa Rica in cloud forests around 800 to 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, ramicauls enveloped by several lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic to round, obtuse, abruptly narrows and widely conduplicate below into the base leaf that blooms in the early fall on several, terminal, .6" [1.5 cm] long, successively few, many flowered inflorescence arising in the cup towards the base of the leaf.

"The stiff leaves are cordate and concave, the little flowers being borne on top of the leaf near the base within the concavity, the petals are irregularily bilobed, the oblong blades of the lip do not cover the column and the appendix is a narrowly oblong, pubescent organ with a small apical segment." Luer 1987


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK;

Checked type drawing W3Tropicos OK; * Lindleyana 2: 197 Luer 1987 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo 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 Pg 449 Pupulin 2020 photo/drawing fide;