Lepanthes elata Rchb.f. 1866 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Another Plant

Photos by Franco Pupulin.

Flower Closeup

Photo by Daniel Jimenez.

What is considered to be L oteroi?, a synonym of L elata found in Colombia

Photo by Jay Pfahl

TYPE Drawing of L oteroi

Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade Cool Cold Spring

Common Name The Beautiful Lepanthes

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia in premontane rain forest to cloud forest and disturbed primary forests at elevations of 1500 to 2600 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing growing epiphyte with an erect, stout ramicaul enveloped by 9 to 17, shortly ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with oblique ostia and carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical to broadly elliptical, obtuse, shortly acuminate, rounded to cuneate and contracted below intothe petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring in Costa Rica and summer in Colombia on a filiform, dense, districhous, 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long including the .8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflroescence arising on the back of the leaf and has oblique floral bracts.

CAUTION My photo of L oteroi does not conform well with Luer's type drawing so please use with caution!

Synonyms Lepanthes oteroi Luer 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; *Beitr. Orchid.-K. C. Amer. 90-91. 1866; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 100. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 178. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo ok; *Orquideologia Vol 22 #1 2001 as L oteroi drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 #5 2008; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide