Echinosepala vittata (Pupulin & M.A.Blanco) Luer 2007

Photo by Blanco & Pupulin

Drawing Drawing by Blanco & Pupulin

Full shade Hot LATESpring

Common Name or Meaning The Longitudianally Striped Echinosepala

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in San Jose province of Costa Rica in tropical wet forests at elevations around 450 meters as a miniature sized, hot growing, caespitose epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enclosed by 3 to 4 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying asingle, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly lanceolate-elliptic, minutely emarginate, cuneate below into the conduplicate, sessile base leaf that blooms in the late spring on an erect, arising through a papyraceous spathe at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle sparsely pubescent, .32 to .52" [8 to 13 mm] long, a fascile of successively single, few flowered inflorescence with a densely pubescent ovary.

" E vittata is similar to Myoxanthus aspacensis, Echinosepala tomentosa, E sempergemmatus and E uncinatus , but it is distinguished by the small size, the densely pubescent ovary, the whitish flower striped with purple, the sepals adaxially smooth, and the ligulate, obtuse lip." Pupulin & Blanco 2001

Synonyms Echinella vittata (Pupulin & M.A.Blanco) Pupulin 2002; *Myoxanthus vittatus Pupulin & M.A.Blanco 2001; Pleurothallis grammata Dressler 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Lankesteriana 2: 16 Pupulin & M.A.Blanco 2001

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 as Pleurothallis grammata;

Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide;

Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis of Ecuador Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007s Echinosepala shuarii;

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 photo fide