Lepanthes otopetala Luer 1991

Photo by Daniel Jimenenz

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


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Lindleyana 6(2): 76. 1991 Luer 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;