Lepanthes blepharistes Rchb.f. 1866 Photo by Daniel Jimenez and His Flickr Costa Rican Orchid Photo Page

Warm Summer Fall

Common Name The Eyelash-Like Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Nicaragua and Costa Rica in very wet cloud forests at elevations of 960 to 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a racemose, congested, distichous, .2 to .8" [.5 to 2 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence that is shorter to just longer than the leaf.

CAUTION this species is said to be the same as L acostea but I just don't see it, if what I have for both species is correct. I have kept them separate pending new references.

CAUTION I have no way of verifying this determination so please use with caution


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type ok; *Beitr. Orchid.-K. C. Amer.: 92. 1866; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 815 Dodson 1983 drawing ok; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing ok; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;