Lepanthes kleinii Bogarín & Pupulin 2012 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Leaf and inflorescence

TYPE Drawing

Photos/TYPE Drawing by © D. Bogarín, R. Gómez, A. Karremans, B. Klein & G. Meza and The Epidendra Webpage

Full Shade Cool

Common Name Klein's Lepanthes [German Gardener at Muchen-Nymphenburg Botanical Garden current]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Cartago department of Costa Rica at elevations around 1470 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, drooping, weak ramicauls enveloped by around 6, close, minutely scabrous, brown lepanthiform sheaths with rather conspicuous, infundibuliform glabrous, acuminate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, subcoriaceous, ovate to elliptic, acuminate, minutely tridenticulate, narrowing and cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a, filiform, loose, distichous, .6 to .64" [1.5 to 1.6 cm] long including the .12 to .16" [3 to 4 mm] long peduncle, fractiflex, successively single, few flowered inflorescence.

"Lepanthes kleinii is superficially similar to L. atrata. Both species have small flowers developed from inflorescences that are borne on top of the leaf; the sepals are ovate-triangular, acute; and the lip is small with a protuberant body. The column is arcuate and projects far away from the blades of the lip. However, the new species differs in the smaller plants, up to 2.8" [7 cm] tall (vs. up to 8" [20 cm] tall); the triangular, acute petals yellow edged in red (vs. ovate, obtuse, yellow suffused with red basally); the basally pubescent connectives; and the appendix is more prominent and ciliate than that of L. atrata." Bogarin & Pupulin


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orch. Digest 76(1): 22 Bogarín & Pupulin 2012 Drawing fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pg 449 Pupulin 2020