Lepanthes expansilabia Bogarín & C.M.Sm. . 2012 SECTION Effusae Rchb.f

Photo by © Diego Bogarin and the Epidendra Website

Common Name The Wide Lip Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Puntarenas province of Costa Rica at elevations around 800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with more or less descending ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 12, lightly ciliate [especially on new growths] lepanthiform sheaths with the ciliate ostia markedly dilated and carrying a single, coriaceous, green, elliptic, subobovate, acuminate with a short apiculus, cuneate and narrowing below into the petiolate nase leaf that blooms in the spring on a racemose, distichous, arising on either side of the leaf, shorter than the leaf, peduncle .68" [1.7 cm] long, .8" [2 cm] long overall, rachis .16 to .2" [4 to 5 mm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence with lightly ciliate, as long as the ovary floral bracts.

Similar L erinacea. but differs mainly by the pendent plants (vs. erect) with ramicauls with sparsely ciliate sheaths (vs. heavily ciliate), the petals with the lobes oblong, subsimilar (vs. the upper flabellate, the lower minute, oblique), the lower lobe yellow (vs. red), the lip spreading with the lobes separated and not touching each other, leaving the appendix exposed (vs. the apices of the blades approximate, hiding the appendix)." Bogarin & C M Sm. 2012

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 6(2 Bogarin & C M Sm. 2012 drawing/photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pg 449 Pupulin 2020 photo/drawing fide;

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