Lepanthes jennyi Luer 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Lindleyana 6: 73 Luer 1991 and the AOS Website


Common Name Jenny's Lepanthes [Rudolf Jenny Swiss Botanist and discoverere of species current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in south central Costa Rica at elevations around 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7, closely appressed, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with oblique dilated ostia and carrying a single, apicalo, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer through early winter on an erect, slender peduncle, .32 to .4" [8 to 10 mm] long, loose, successicvley single, few flowered inflorescence with longer than the pedicels floral bracts.

Disitinguished by the comparitively large flower borne in a short inflorescence behind an elliptical leaf. The sepals are long-acuminate and minutely denticulate, the petals are small with oblong lobes, the upper lobes overlapping above the column, the blades of the bilaminate ip are carinate along the inner margin and the large boat shaped appendix is external at the base of long, cuneate connectives." Luer 1991

Some authorities and Kew place this as a synonym of Lepanthes grandiflora with which there are similarities, but I will leave them separate as they appear to be different in some aspects.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 6: 73 Luer 1991 drawing fide