Lepanthes nymphalis Luer 1983

Photo by Bogarin and Epidendra Orchid Website


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

Flower Size

Found in Costa Rica in cloud forests at elevations around 2000 to 2400 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.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Phytologia 54: 357. Luer 1983; 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