Lepanthes pexa Luer 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

photo by Bogarin and The Epidendra Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Lindleyana 2: 210. Luer 1987

Common Name The Combed Lepanthes [refers to the distichous inflorescence]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 10, blackish, closely adpressed, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a filiform, distichous, very congested, 1.1" [2.6 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence.

"Superficially similar to Lepanthes turialvae the new species is easily identified by the carina along the vein on the lower lobe of the petal. The apices of the larger upper lobes are more or less pointed, sometimes overlapping. The blades of the lip are rounded and ciliate and the apex of the column protrudes from between them." Luer 1987


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 2: 181 Luer 1987 Drawing fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pg 449 Pupulin 2020 photo/drawing fide;