Lepanthes purpurea Luer 1955

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Website

Common Name The Purple Leafed Lepanthes [refers to the small plant]

Flower Size .8" [2 mm]

Found in Costa Rica in very wet forests at elevations of 100 to 1150 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte, with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 9, black, somewhat coarsely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with oblique ostia and carrying a single, erect, thinly coriaceous, purple, elliptic, acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a slender, congested, distichous, .72" [18 mm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf with muricate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 10: 164. 1995 Luer Drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003