Lepanthes limbellata Endres ex Luer 1995

Drawing by © Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Photo Webpage

Common Name The ? Lepanthes

Flower Size .08" [2mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 1600 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaeous, elliptical, acute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a filiform, congested, short, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

" Lepanthes erubescens resembles L. limbellata Endrés ex Luer. However, it can be distinguished mainly by the the pendent plants (vs. erect), with inflorescences that is borne above the leaf (vs. behind), the upper lobe ovate, acute, 1.3 mm wide, larger than the lower lobe (vs. narrowly ovate-triangular, narrowly obtuse, 0.6 mm wide, equal in length to the lower lobe) and the ovate lip blades (vs. narrowly oblong)." Bogarín & Karremans 2012


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Lindleyana 10: 159. 1995. Endres ex Luer drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Lankesteriana 12(2): 108 Bogarin, Pupulin & Karremans 2012 ; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 as L cf limbellata photo ok;