Lepanthes pelvis Pupulin & D.Jiménez 2009

Plant and Flowers

Plant In situ Costa Rica

Photos by © Daniel Jimenez

Full shade Cold fall

Common Name or Meaning The Pelvis Lepanthes [An allusion to the pelvis shaped lip when flattened]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica in montane rain forests at elevations around 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with patent to arching, becoming pendant with age, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 9, tight fitting, leapnthiform sheaths with dilate, ovate-acuminate ostia and carrying a single, apical, subcoriaceous, elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate, acute to shortly acuminate, minutely bilobed, abaxially mucronate, gradually rounded and contracted below into the inconspicuous, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a congested, distichous, filiform, to .6" [1.5 cm] long, racemose, successively few flowered inflorescence holding the flower on top of the leaf and has triangular, ovate, acute, amplectant floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchid Digest Vol 73 142 2009 drawing/photo fide; Lankestriana 11(3): 185-205 Bogarin 2011 Photo fide