Lepanthes mentosa Luer 1987 Photo by Jimenez, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Deep Shade Cool Spring Fall

Common Name The Chin-Like Lepanthes

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 1400 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a slender ramicaul enveloped by 4 to 7 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, broadly cuneate below in to the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring through fall on a congested, distichous, filiform, .32" [8mm] long, racemose, successively several flowered inflorescence arising from behind the leaf with muriculate floral bracts.

Lepanthes mentosa is within a complex of species that includes Lepanthes monteverdensis, Lepanthes falx-bellica and Lepanthes cribbii.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Lindleyana 2: 201. 1987. Luer drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003