Lepanthes victoria Pupulin & Bogarin 2020

Photos by Daniel Jimenez and his Costa Rica Orchid Flickr Website

Common Name The Victory Lepanthes [refers to the "V" Shaped petals, V for victory]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cartago province of Costa Rica at elevations around 1470 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growijg epiphyte with descending ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 7, microscopically pubescent along the veins lepanthiform sheaths with the ostia dilated and glabrous to micropubescent on the upper margins and carrying a single, thin, subcoriaceous, pale green with pale brown marked veins, ovate-elliptic, acute, minutely emarginate, abaxially provided with a rounded apcule, margins slightly inrolled, base shortly cuneate into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a racemose, distichous, peduncle .2" [5 mm] long, .4" [1 cm] long overall, provided with a brown bract at the middle, successively single flowered inflorescence with conduplicate, ovate, acute, glandular-muriculate, half as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

Similar to L tipulifera, L myiophora and L sandiorum but is distinguished by the thin, non-coriaceous leaves, the inflorescence distinctly shorter than the subtending leaf, the ciliate 3 veined sepals and the narrow, non-filiform petals with the lower lobate lobe much shorter than the upper lobe. The flower with yellowish white sepals suffused with red, the pale orange-red petals and the pink lip is unique within the group.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pg 449 Pupulin 2020 photo/drawing fide;