Lepanthes barbae Schltr. 1923 Photo by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another Flower? Photo by Jorge Miguel Conejo Chaverri and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name or Meaning The Bearded Lepanthes [refers to the overall hairiness of the petals]

Flower Size

Found in Costa Rica and Venezuela in oak forests at elevations of 2000 to 2550 meters as a mni-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect stems with tight, dark lepanthiform sheaths without dilated ostia carrying a single, apical, suberect to horizontal, elliptic, coriaceopus, subacute to obtuse leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a densely congested, distichous, peduncle .44" to .52" [1.1 to 1.3 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence that is much shorter than the leaf and arising on the back.

CAUTION I have no way of verifying these 2 different determinations and which one is correct if either, so please use with caution.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing not = L wagneri; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchid Digest 1/2010