Lepanthes pygmaea Luer 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Daniel Jimenenz

Plant and Flowers

Flower Closeup

Photos by Walter Schug

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Full Shade Warm Cool LATE Winter EARLY Spring

Common Name The Dwarf Lepanthes

Flower Size .04" [1mm]

Found in Costa Rica in premontane rain forest to cloud forest and disturbed primary forests at elevations around 1500 to 1820 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped completely by 4 or so lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, globose, obtuse, minutely tridenticulate apically leaf that blooms in the late winter and earlyspring on 1 or 2, to .2" [.5 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence,

"One of the smallest in the genus. It was found abundantly on twigs of low branches of a treee beside a cow pasture. The tiny flowers are borne on racemes shorter than the tiny, roouned leaves. Most distinctive is the minute, oblong lobes of the lip that flank the column and the pyramidal, pubescent appendix that arisies from a union of the lobes beneath the column. The lobes of the lip and the column are about .2" [5 mm] long." Luer 1987


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR Checked Type OK; * Lindleyana 2: 210.Luer 1987 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;