Lepanthes mentosa Luer 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Jimenez, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Lindleyana 2: 202 Luer 1987 AOS Website

Deep Shade Cool Spring Fall

Common Name The Chin-Like Lepanthes

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 1400 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a slender ramicaul enveloped by 4 to 7 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, broadly cuneate below in to the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring through fall on a congested, distichous, filiform, .32" [8mm] long, racemose, successively several flowered inflorescence arising from behind the leaf with muriculate floral bracts.

Lepanthes mentosa is within a complex of species that includes Lepanthes cribbii, Lepanthes mentosa, Lepanthes monteverdensis and Lepanthes falx-bellica


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; * Lindleyana 2: 201 Luer 1987 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;