Lepanthes leporina Bogarín & Pupulin 2014 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES LEpanthes

Photo by © Daniel Jimenenz

Full Shade Cool Winter

Common Name The Rabbits Ear Lepanthes

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica on twigs of Cupressus lusitanica in disturbed premontane wet forest on the Caribbean slopes of Talamanca range in the region of Tapantí, at about 1100 to 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4, glabrous, whitish sheaths and carrying a single, apical, thinly coriaceous, broadly elliptic-suborbicular, rounded, minutely emarginated, with a small abaxial mucro, cuneate below into the short petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on several, arising from behind the leaf, loose, distichous, peduncle filiform, to .6" [1.5 cm] long, provided wioth a short, tubular, obtuse bract, to .8" [2 cm] overall,successively single to 5 flowered inflorescence with transversely broadly ovate, amplectaent, obtuse, sparsely and microscopically muriculate, much shorter than the pedicel floral bract and carrying resupinate flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid 71(1): e001 2014 photo/drawing fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide