Lepanthes tipulifera Rchb.f. 1866 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side view Flower

TYPE Drawing

Photos by Jimenez/TYPE Sheet by Schlechter/Ames, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Full Shade Cool Cold Spring Summer Fall

Common Name The Water Spider Carrying Lepanthes

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 2200 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 11, blackish, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with oblique ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, basally rounded and contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a congested, distichous, 1.4" [4.1 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

Synonyms Lepanthes insectiflora C.Schweinf. 1939

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; * Beitr. Orchid.-K. C. Amer.: 91. 1866; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as L insectiflora; 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; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 as L insectiferaphoto fide;

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