Lepanthes volsella Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Plant and flowers

Photos by Daniel Jimenenz

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Pinchers Lepanthes [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, puepl suffused beneath, elliptic, obtuse, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and winter on a filiform, congested, distichous, .32" [8mm] long, successively flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

"Characterized by the small elliptical leaves with a short, congested inflorescence. The sepals are narrowlly elliptical, the petals are small ad transversely oblong and the lip ios bilobed with the falcate lobes embracing the column." Luer 1984


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; * Phytologia 55: 196. Luer & Vasquez 1984; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003