Lepanthes sandiorum Bogarín & Karremans 2012 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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Common Name The Sandi's Lepanthes [Costa Rican Family , owners of the farm where the species was found current]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Costa Rica on the southernmost portion of Pacific watershed of the Talamanca Range in disturbed, lower montane rainforests at elevations around 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, suberect, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 7, glabrous lepanthiform sheaths with minutely ciliate, ovate, acute, adpressed ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate to elliptic to suborbicular, obtuse, emarginate with a short apiculus, conduplicate, purplish beneath, rounded and narrowing below into the short, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on an erect, arising on the top of the leaf, longer than the leaf, peduncle .6" [1.5 cm] long, rachis .6" [1.5 cm] long, distichous, glabrous, racemose, successively single flowered inflorescence with ovate, acuminate, conduplicate, membraneous, muriculate, much shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

Lepanthes sandiorum resembles L. dolabriformis Luer, however it can be distinguished mainly by the smaller plants, less than 2.2" [5.5 cm] tall (vs. up to 3" [7.5 cm]), the smaller flowers with sepals .104 x .056" [2.6 × 1.4 mm] (vs. .16 x .1" [4.0 × 2.5 mm]), the narrower petals, which are filliform, .092" [2.3 mm] (vs. .14 to .15" [3.5 to3.75 mm]) with the upper lobe oblong, rounded, entire, glabrous (vs. obtusely angled with a hatchet-shaped appearance, minutely ciliate, pubescent). Both species are related to L. blepharistes Rchb.f. but they can be easily distinguished by the petals with the lower lobe smaller than the upper lobe (vs. equal in length)" Luer 2012


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lankesteriana 12: 113 Bogarín & Karremans 2012 Three New Lepanthes from Costa Rica