Lepanthes reflexa Luer & Hermans 1995

Another Flower

Photos by Jimenez/Bogarin and the Epidendra Website

Common Name The Reflexed Lepanthes [refers to the dorsal sepal]

Flower Size .15" [3mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 2750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphtye with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped completely by 5 to 7, dark, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptic, obtuse apically, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a densely congested, distichous, successively many flowered, to .9" [2.3 cm], racemose inflorescence arising from behind the leaf

CAUTION Said to be synomonous with L costaricensis but our Costa Rican colleagues feel that it is different so I have left it separate until more information becomes available.

SynonymsReferences W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR; Checked Type OK; *Lindleyana 10: 167 Luer 1995 drawing fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;