Lepanthes arenasiana Bogarín & Mel.Fernández 2010 Photo by © Daniel Jimenez.


Common Name Arenas' Lepanthes [Miguel Ángel Soto Arenas, a Mexican orchidologist who did great contributions to the knowledge of the family in the Neotropics late 1900's early 2000's]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Costa Rica in lower montane rain forest, in secondary vegetation, on twigs and branches covered by mosses in shady condition, at 2100 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, pendent stems enclosed by 7–12 glabrous, lepanthiform sheaths, the ostia minutely ciliate, ovate, acuminate and slightly dilated and carrying a single, subcoriaceous, narrowly ovate, conduplicate, acuminate, emarginate, with a short apiculus, the rounded base narrowing into a petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a racemose, distichous, glabrous, successively single flowered, borne above the leaf, shorter than leaves, up to 1.2" [3 cm] long, peduncle .88" [2.2 cm] long, rachis .28" [7 mm] long inflorescence with ovate, acuminate, conduplicate, membranaceous floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , *Lankestriana 9(3): 487—489. 2010 Drawing fide