Lepanthes estrellensis Ames 1923 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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.

" Within subsect. Lepanthes, it is most similar to L. estrellensis, a species of similarly colored and sized flowers that was originally described from La Estrella, Cartago, Costa Rica, by Oakes Ames in 1923 and has been found only in Costa Rica, to date. From it, L. tatamae can be easily separated by having elliptical to triangular (vs. reniform in L. estrellensis) lobes of the lip and the petals with inflexed, ovate to triangular lobes (vs. not inflexed, oblong, obtuse in L. estrellensis)." Vieira and Moreno 2018


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; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #11 2019 photo fide; Orquideologia 35: 177 2018 2 new species of Lepanthes From the Tatama National Park photo fide;