Lepanthes queveriensis Bogarín & Pupulin 2014SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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Common Name The Queverí Lepanthes [A tributary to the Macho River]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Cartago province of Costa Rica on the slopes of the Cordillera de Talamanca’s northernmost range in lower montane rain forest, epiphytic in secondary mature vegetation with remnants of primary vegetation at elevations around 2100 to 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with pendent, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 9, closely adpressed, ribbed, minutely ciliate-muriculate, pale brown lepanthiform sheaths with the obliquely lanceolate, dilated ostia ciliate along the margins and carrying a single, erect, subcoriaceous, flat, grayish green, ovate, cuspidate-acute apically, excise, with the tip of the central vein protruding abaxially within the sinus, rounded and gradualy contracted below into a short conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter, spring and early summer on a racemose, just shorter to a bit longer than the leaf, arising on the top of the leaf, peduncle provided with two tightly adpressed, lanceolate, acute bracts, rachis fractiflex, 2.2" [1.4 cm] long , successively single, at least 14 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute, sparsely muriculate, much shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"The new species is most similar to L. cribbii Pupulin, from which it differs by the inflorescence sub equal to longer than the leaf (vs. shorter), the margins of the sepals entire (vs. shortly ciliate), the shorter body of the lip, provided with 2 hemi-elliptic, low flaps (vs. body longer, bare), and the rectangular, straight appendix of the lip (vs. digitate, reflexed)." Pupulin 2014


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 19, No. 2, pg 197 Pupulin & Bogarin 2014, Aliae Lepanthes Machogaffenses (Orchidaceae: Pleurothallidinae drawing/photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide