Lepanthes ferrelliae Luer 1995 Photo by Franco Pupulin.

Full Shade CoolSummer

Common Name Ferrell's Lepanthes [Botanist and Co-discoverer of species in Costa Rica current]

Flower Size 3/8" [9 mm]

Found in Costa Rica in premontane rain forest to cloud forest and disturbed primary forests at elevations of 1400 to 1550 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 10 or so lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, acute, abruptly narrows below into the cuneate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a few, 1" [2.5 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescnece

Similar to L guardiana, L daniel-jimenezii and L elegans but differs from L guardiana by the short 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 oblong and the long, and lastly from L daniel-jimenezii by the shorter and protruding less from the appendix column.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 10 1995 photo; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003