Lepanthes ruberrima Pupulin 2012 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photo by © Franco Pupulin.

Full Shade Warm Coolspring

Common Name The Deep Brick Red Lepanthes [refers to the flower color]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 1160 to 1245 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool, erect to pendent growing epiphyte with pendent to erect ramicauls enveloped by 3, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, pendent to erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptic, obtuse, minutely tridenticulate apically, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on 1 to 2, filiform, loose, distichous, .6 to 1.28" [1.5 to 3.2 cm] long including the .06" [to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, fractiflex, successively single, several [11] flowered inflorescence arising on the top or the back side of the leaf.

This species was originally described as L johnsonii var costaricensis but has been elevated to species status by Franco Pupulin in 2012.

Synonyms Lepanthes johnsonii subsp. costaricensis Pupulin 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Harvard Pap. Bot. 6(1): 2912001 as L johnsonii var costaricensis drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 as Lepanthes johnsonii subsp. costaricensis; *Orchid Digest 76: 25 Pupulin 2012 drawing/photo fide; *Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid 71(1): e001 2014 photo/drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #7 Karremans & Jimenez 2015; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;