Lepanthes mariposa Luer1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Another Flower

Photos by Bogarin, Used under permission of the Epidendra Website CR

Plant and Flower

Photo by Daniel Jimenenz

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Website CR


Common Name The Butterfly Lepanthes

Flower Size .1" [2mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in wet montane forests in scrubby trees at elevations around 1300 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, colol growing epiphtye with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 5, microscopically pubescent lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptic, obtuse, emarginate with an abaxal apicule, the cuneate base contracted into the short petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later fall on a filiform peduncle .08 to .16" [2 to 4 mm] long, on top of the leaf, congested, disitchous, secund, .15 to .18" [3 to 4 mm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with triangular, acute, amplectent floral bracts.

" This floriferous little species with short racemes on top of the little ovate leaf is easily recognized by the large pair of petals that spread like the wings of a butterfly to either side of the lip and column." Luer 1987

SynonymsReferences W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; * Phytologia 55: 187. 1984drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 73 #3 2009 drawing/photo fide; Lankestriana 11(3): 185-205 Bogarin 2011 Photo fide;