Lepanthes sanctiorum Bogarin & Pupulin 2014 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by © Daniel Jimenenz

TYPE Drawing

Photo by © Diego Bogarin and Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid 71(1): e001 Bogarin &Pupulin 2014

Full Shade Fall Winter

Common Name The Lo Santos Lepanthes [refers to the type locality]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in southern Costa Rica on Cupressus lusitanica trees in fences on exposed conditions within premontane rain forest on the Pacific watershed of Cordillera de Talamanca at elevations around 1600 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 concealing, glabrous, brownish lepanthiform sheaths that are slightly dilated at the acute apices and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptic to obovate-elliptic, rounded, minutely retuse with a short, abaxial apicule, cuneate below into the short, conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a distichous, arising on top of the leaf, peduncle slender, terete, .14" [3.5mm] long, provided with a single, brownish adpressed, lanceolate, acute bracts, ,to .28" [7 mm] long overall, loose, successively 1 to 2, few flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, lanceolate floral bracts.

"This new species is distinguished by the small size of the plants, less than .44" [1.1 cm] tall, the short peduncle less than .4" [1 cm] long, the petals as wide as the lip length and the blades of the lip distinctly diverging at apex. It could be similar to L. tapantiensis and L. schugii but the later have larger plants and peduncles more than .52" [1.3 cm] long, the petals are distinctly narrower than the lip length and the blades of the lip are subparallel to converging at apex." Bogarin & Pupulin 2014


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid 71(1): e001 Bogarin &Pupulin 2014 photo/drawing fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide