Lepanthes machogaffensis Pupulin & D.Jiménez 2009

Photos by © Daniel Jimenez

Common Name The Macho Gaff Lepanthes [A locality in Costa Rica]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cartago Province of Costa Rica in wet montane forests on the Caribbean side of the Cordillera at elevations of 2200 to 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with suberect to gently pendent, slender ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 10 lepanthiform sheaths that are dilated into a acuminate ostium that is minutely ciliate along the margins and carrying a single, apcial, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute-subacuminate, green above, purple flushed beneath and cuneate below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a congested, distichous, 1.8" [4.5 cm] long, successively single several flowered inflorescence arising on the front of the leaf with triangular, acute, amplectent, sparsely glandular floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR *Orchid Digest Vol 73 #3 2009 drawing/photo fide; Lankestriana 11(3): 185-205 Bogarin 2011 Photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide