Lepanthes minutilabia Ames & C.Schweinf. 1930 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Franco Pupulin

HOLOTYPE Drawing and collection sheet

HOLOTYPE Drawing and collection sheet by Ames & Schweinfurth and The Epidendra Website

Full Shade Cool Cold LATE Winter Spring

Common Name The Small Lipped Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica in cloud oak forests at elevations of 1500 to 2850 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphytic species with erect to suberect ramicauls enveloped completely by 3 to 5, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, cuneate-spatulate, obovate to elliptic, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and spring on 1 to 3, to 5" [ to 12.5 cm] long, fractiflex, racemose, successively single to 31 flowered inflorescence but often much shorter with 2 to 3 successsive flowers.

"Similar to L jimenezii but differs in the relatively smooth ramicauls and very dissimilar flowers. The minute lip is remarkable." Ames & Schweinfurth 1930


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; * Schedul. Orchid. 10: 49. Ames & Schweinfurth 1930; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo 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