Lepanthes mystax Luer & R.Escobar 1983

Another Flower

Photos by Bogarin & Karremans, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Flower and Leaf

Photo by Fabian A. Michelangeli


Common Name The Mustache Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Costa Rica in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphtye with slender, erect, arching ramicauls enveloped completely by 7 to 9, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acuminate, rounded below and contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring summer and early fall on a congested, distichous, successively single several flowered, to .35" [9 mm], racemose inflorescence arising from behind the leaf

Similar in the modified rostellar flap of L surrogata and L necopina

SynonymsReferences W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Phytologia 54: 355. 1983. Luer & Escobar drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 1 Morales 2009 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;