Lepanthes estrellensis Ames 1923

Leaf and Flower Photos courtesy of Franco Pupulin.

Full Shade Cool Winter

Common Name The La Estrella Lepanthes [A location in Costa Rica]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica in premontane rain forest to cloud forest and disturbed primary forests at elevations around 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with 4 to 6, blackish, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, acute, minutely tridenticulate, abruptly narrowing below into the cuneate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a 1/2" [1.25 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorecence


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; *Sched. Orch. 4: 30. 1923; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003