Lepanthes jimenezii Schltr. 1923 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

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TYPE Drawing

Photos by © Pupulin/TYPE Drawing tracings by Schlechter, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Deep shadeHot Cool SummerFall Winter

Common Name Jimenez's Lepanthes [Costa Rican Discoverer of species 1900's]

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica in very humid forests at elevations of 850 to 1650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by acuminate, muricate-hispidous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, obovate, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the narrow subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer, fall and winter on 1 to 2, erect, to 4" [10 cm] long, laxly successively single, 10 to 20 flowered inflorescence with distichous flowers.

"The closest morphologically-related species to L. jimenezii, is L. caroli-lueri and has a pubescent rachis, denticulate and long-tailed sepals, glabrous petals provided with a broadly oblong upper lobe, red petals with orangeyellow margin, and connectives of the lip bear the blades higher than the column. The other species as a member of the Lepanthes jimenezii group, is L. pulcherrima, the rachis is also pubescent, the sepals shortly connate less than .04" (< 1 mm) and yellow with a small reddish spot only at the base of the dorsal sepal, and the petals are glabrous, with the upper lobe ovate and the lower lobe linear, orange, with a large pink blotch at the base ending into a scarlet-red stripe." Bogarin & Pupulin 2010

Synonyms Lepanthes crossota Luer 1987

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; * Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19: 281. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Lindleyana 2: 188 Luer 1987 as L crossota drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 as L crossata; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Harvard Pap. Bot. 15(1): 118–121, f. 5A-E, 6, 7. Illustrations and Studies in Neotropical Orchidaceae—The Lepanthes jimenezii Group (Pleurothallidinae) Bogarin & Pupulin 2010 drawing fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide