Lepanthes tridens Ames 1923 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by David Matamoros

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing and collection sheet by Ames and The Epidendra Website CR ;

Deep Shade Cool Winter Summer

Common Name The Three Toothed Lepanthes [refers to the leaf apex]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Costa Rica in pluvial forests at elevations around 1500 to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender ramicauls enveloped by dilated lepanthiform sheaths with oblique, acuminate, microscopically ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, suberect to extended, narrowly ovate, long acuminate, tridentate leaf that blooms in the winter and summer on a congested, distichous, filiform, .2 to .36" [5 to 9 mm] long peduncle, shorter than the leaf, .44" [1.1 cm] long overall, racemose, successively single, few flowered inflorescence.

Ames states that this species is similar to L inaequalis which also has a tridenticulate apex but differs in the long acuminate leaf and the overlapping petals.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; * Schedul. Orchid. 9: 44 Ames 1925 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;