Lepanthes truncata Luer & Dressler 1986 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of Flower

Photos by Daniel Jimenez and his Flickr Costa Rica Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Truncate Lepanthes [refers to the appearance apical lobes of the petals]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Boca del Toro department of Panama in wet lowland forests at elevations around 350 to 400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm, pendent growing epiphyte with slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 4 to 6, close, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, more or less pendent, satiny green, purple blotched, coriaceous, elliptic, subacute, slightly acuminate, subsessile below into the short petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on 1 to 3, filiform, congested, distichous, .68 to 1.08" [1.7 to 2.7 cm] long including the .28 to .68 [7 to 17 mm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf with spiculate floral bracts.

"The 2 hanging inflorescence on top of the hanging satiny leaf one short and the other long is similar to the inflorescence of Lepanthes mucronata from South America. The flowers though differ greatly as the petals are not medially mucronate and the apices of the petals are widely truncate." Luer and Dressler 1986


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 16 #3 pg 9 Luer & Dressler 1986 drawing fide; Lankesteriana 12[3]: 207 - 214 Bogarin & Karremans 2014 photo/drawing fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pg 449 Pupulin 2020 photo/drawing fide;