Lepanthes edwardsii Ames 1933 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Another Flower

Leaf and Flower

Photos by © Walter Schug

Full Shade Hot Cool Winter spring summer Fall

Common Name Edwards' Lepanthes [American collector of the type 1900's]

Flower Size 1/2" to 5/8" [1.2 to 1.7 cm]

Found in Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Choco' department of Colombia at elevations of sea level to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphytic species with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 3 to 4, infundibuliform, hispidulous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, rounded apically, marginate, purple below, abruptly narrowing below into the short petiolate base leaf that blooms on and off throughout the year on a simple, filiform, flexuous, .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long including the .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single 3 to 7 flowered inflorescence holding the giant [for the plant] sized flower above the leaf.

This plant by many references is a synonym of L johnsonii but this one differs in the almost entirely purple sepals that are half the size of L johnsonii's yellow sepals

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1024 Hamer/Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid 71(1): e001 2014 photo/drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #7 Karremans & Jimenez 2015; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide

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