Lepanthes limbellata Endres ex Luer 1995 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Photo Webpage

Common Name The Bordered in a Different Color Lepanthes [refers to the petals]

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 9, black, tightly clasping ribbed, esentially glabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaeous, more or less purple suffused beneath, elliptical, acute to subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a filiform peduncle, .32 to .6" [.8 to 1.5 cm] long, arising on top of the leaf, congested, distichous, short, .48" [1.2 cm] long, successively single, several to many flowered inflorescence with densely muricate, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

" 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 Endres ex Luer 1995 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;