Lepanthes elegans Luer 1995 Photo by Daniel Jimenez.

Leaf and Flower Photos courtesy of Franco Pupulin.

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Daniel Jimenez

Another Color form Photo by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Elegant Lepanthes

Flower Size .15" [3 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in primary forests at elevations around 1600 to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 4 to 6 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, tridenticulate apically, abruptly narrowing into the cuneate base leaf leaf that blooms in the winter on a single successively single few flowered inflorescence

Similar to L guardiana, L daniel-jimenezii and L ferreliae but differs from L guardiana by the red and yellow upper lobe of the petals and hairless margined sepals, from L elegans by the the narrow sepals and the upper lobe of the petals are narrowly oblong and long, and lastly from L daniel-jimenezii by the longer and protruding far from the appendix column.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003