Lepanthes lappacea Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Sam Hoadly

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage

Full Shade HotWarm LATERSpring

Common Name The Burr-Like Lepanthes [refers to the large, ovoid, pubescent appendix]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations of 400 to 800 meters as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with slender, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 12 close, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths with oblique ostia and carrying a single, apical,thinly coriaceous, ovate,acute, slightly acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on 2 to 3, filiform, erect, congested, 1.84 to 1.92" [4.6 to 4.8 cm] long including the .32 to .4" [8 to 10 mm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf with microscopically scabrous floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the thin ramicauls and thinly coriaceous, ovate lip. Two to four, successively single, many flowered inflorescence are borne on top of the leaf. The flowers are very small. The sepals are broadly ovate and minutely denticulate. The blades of the lip are oblong with the apices slightly diverging and the ovid, long pubescent appendix is proportionally large, resembling a burr" Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 11: 61 Luer 1996 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003