Lepanthes nymphalis Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by © Bogarin and Epidendra Orchid Website


Drawing by © Bogarin and Phytologia 54: 357 Luer & Vasquez 1983


Common Name The Nymph Lepanthes [refers to the mythological creatures of the dark forests]

Flower Size

Found in Costa Rica in oak cloud forests at elevations around 2000 to 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized cold growing epiphyte with ascending to erect, comparitively stout ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 16, long-ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths that sometimes produce apical keikis, and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a filiform, dense, distichous, 3.6" [9 cm] long, successively flowered inflorescence.

"This is a very distinctive species related to L. amicitiae and L. maxonii, from which it differs in the red flowers and the long ciliate-hispid blades of the lip." Bogarín & Gravend. 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54: 357 Luer & Vasquez 1983; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Anchored hybrid enrichment generated nuclear, plastid and mitochondrial markers resolve the Lepanthes horrida (Orchidaceae: Pleurothallidinae) species complex Bogarín & Gravend. 2018 Drawing/photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide