Lepanthes macalpinii Luer 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Photo Webpage

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

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

Found in Puntarenas province of 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.

"Identified by the slender habit with narrowly elliptical, acuminate leaves, the small flowers with broadly ovate sepals, proportionally large, brosd petals with rounded ends and the elliptical laminae of the lip with a conspicuous, pedunculate, saggitate appendix." Luer 1987


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