Lepanthes sannio Luer & R.Escobar 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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TYPE Drawing

Photo TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Lindleyana 2: 215 Luer 1987

Common Name The Harlequin Lepanthes [refers to the comical appearance of the flower]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica in cloud forests at elevations around 1000 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 8, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, suberect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a filiform, congested, distichous, .68" [1.7 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf with muriculate floral bracts.

"Readily identified by the ovate, acuminate leaves upon which the abbreviated inflorescence lies. The broad sepals are conspicuously denticulate, the apex of the dorsal sepals is shortly acuminate and reflexed,the apices of the lateral sepals approximate and abruptly contracted into diverging tails nearly as long as the blades. The upper lobe of the petals is large and oblong, the lower lobe is small and triangular. The blades of the lip are oblong and the body is thick and protuberant wit a small appendix." Luer 1987


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 2: 214 Luer 1987 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;