Lepanthes macalpinii Luer 1987 Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Photo Webpage

Common Name Macalpin's Lepanthes [Discoverer of species current]

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

Found in Puntarenas Costa Rica in pluvial forests at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 10, closely adpressed, glabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, narrowly elliptical, acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, 1.2" [3 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf with muriculate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Lindleyana 2: 197. 1987 Luer & Escobar drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003