Lepanthes victoria Pupulin & Bogarin 2020 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photos by Daniel Jimenez and his Costa Rica Orchid Flickr Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Franco Pupulin

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;