Lepanthes sanctiorum Bogarin & Pupulin 2014 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes

Photo by © Daniel Jimenenz

Full Shade Fall Winter

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

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found on Cupressus lusitanica trees in fences on exposed conditions within premontane rain forest on the Pacific watershed of Cordillera de Talamanca in southern Costa Rica 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


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