Lepanthes odontolabis Luer 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Plant and Flower

Photos by Daniel Jimenenz

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Full Shade Cold Winter EARLYSpring

Common Name The Toothed Pincers Lepanthes [Odontolabis is a genus of beetles from South America with large mandibles, an allusion to the appearance of the lip]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations around 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7 minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and early spring on an erect, borne behind the leaf, peduncle, filiform, .24" [6 mm] long, rachis to .2" [5 mm] long, very congested, distichous, successively single,, many flowered inflorescence with imbricating, longer than the pedicels floral bracts.

"Readily distinguished by the pubescent, narrrowly triangular lobes of the petals and the blades of the lip that are attenuate above the middle and curving around the apex of the column like pincers. The appendix is short, thick and long pubescent." Luer 1987


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 2: 207. Luer 1987 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pg 449 Pupulin 2020 photo hmm