Lepanthes rafaeliana Pupulin 2001 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Daniel Jimenez.

Another Flower

Another Flower

Photos by Bogarin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by R L Rodriguez, Epidendra Website CR

Common Name Rafael's Lepanthes [Rafael Lucas Rodriguez Costa Rican who first depicted this orchid current]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Costa Rica in oak forests at elevations of 2700 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphtye with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped completely by 7 to 9, lepanthiform sheaths with dilated, ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic to ovate-elliptic, minutely tridenticulate apically, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a, congested, distichous, successively single many flowered, to 1.2" [3 cm], racemose inflorescence arising from behind the leaf


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR Checked Type OK; * Harvard Pap. Bot. 6: 289. 2001; 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