Lepanthes otopetala Luer 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Daniel Jimenenz

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Full Shade Cold Winter Spring

Common Name The Ear-Shaped Petal Lepanthes

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations around 2450 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6, closely adpressed, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying erect, coriaceous, very dark purple-green above leaves that are pinkish beneath, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a slender, congested, distichous, 1.2" [3 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence with echinate floral bracts.

Distinguished by the purple, elliptical leaves longer than the inflorescence, a congested, distichous raceme, minutely denticulate sepals with the dorsal broadly ovate and acuminate and with the laterals nearly free and diverging and especially the petals with a large, ear-like upper lobe and a much smaller lower lobe." Luer 1991


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 6(2): 76. Luer 1991 drawing fide; Lankesteriana 12[3]: 207 - 214 Bogarin & Karremans 2014 photo/drawing fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pg 449 Pupulin 2020 photo fide;