Lepanthes valerioi Luer 1996

Plant and flowers Photos by Daniel Jimenenz

Common Name Valerio's Lepanthes [Costa Rican Discoverer of species]

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 2100 to 2600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6 long-ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical to suborbicular, obtuse to rounded, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a congested, distichous, .2 to .4" [.5 to 1 cm] long peduncle, racemose, to .8" [2 cm] long overall, successively single, few flowered inflorescence holding the flowers beyond the leaf and has spiculate floral bracts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Lindleyana 11: 67. 1996 Luer drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;