Lepanthes latisepala Ames & C.Schweinf. 1930 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Leaf and Flower

Photos by Karremans, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

HOLOTYPE Drawing and collection sheet

HOLOTYPE Drawing and collection sheet by Ames, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR


Common Name The Broad Sepal Lepanthes

Flower Size .1" [2.5mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 2600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphtye with suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 2 to 6, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic to ovate, acute, minutely tridenticulate apically, abruptly narrowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a .2" [5mm] long, successively single few flowered inflorescence.

" Lepanthes latisepala has been described from dried specimens. It appears to be allied to L. erinacea but it is a much smaller plant with a differently shaped leaf. The sepals and petals are also different." Ames & Schweinfurth 1930

SynonymsReferences W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; * Schedul. Orchid. 10: 48. Ames & C.Schweinf. 1930; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;