Lepanthes lancifolia Schltr. 1923 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Drawing by Ames and The Epidendra Webpage

Full Shade Cool

Common Name The Spear-Like Lepanthes

Flower Size

Found in Costa Rica in humid forests at elevations of 1000 to 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 13 lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect to spreading, narrowly lanceolate, obtusely long acuminate, minutely tridentate, cuneate below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms on 1 to 3, erect, distichous, flexuous, .52" [1.3 cm] long, successively single, 3 to 8 flowered inflorescence with ovate-cucullate, acuminate, minutely muriculate floral bracts.

"At first I thought the plant was L erinacea but soon saw that it was more like L stenophylla but differs in the longer inflorescence, the very unequal limbs of the petals and the vedry characteristicshape of the lip segments." Schlechter 1923


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19: 281. Schlechter 1923; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003