Lepanthes spadariae Pupulin 2001 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

Photo/TYPE Drawing by Franco Pupulin and The Epidendra Website

Full Shade Cool Spring

Common Name Spadari's Lepanthes [Italian Discoverer of species current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica in premontane rain forest to cloud forest and disturbed primary forests at elevations around 1500 to 1650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7, glabrous, lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, minutely tridenticulate apically, basally cuneate into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a congested, distichous, 1" [2.5 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

Lepanthes spadariae resembles the Ecuadorian species, Lepanthes equus-frisiae, Lepanthes pelorostele , L scrotifera and L rigidigitata, the Colombian species L abortiva, L eros, L isoceles, L vargasiiL micellilabia and L vargasii and the Costa Rican , L posthon and L vestgialis.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR; * Harvard Pap. Bot. 6: 291. Pupulin 2001 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Lankesteriana 17: 227 Moreno Vieira & Karremans 2017 drawing/photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;