Lepanthes monteverdensis Luer & R.Escobar 1987

Another Flower Photos by Pupulin & Blanco, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Common Name The Monte Verde Lepanthes [An Ecological preserve in Costa Rica]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphtye with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped completely by 5 to 9, lepanthiform sheaths with minutely ciliate, dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, subacute, rounded below and contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a congested, distichous, successively single several flowered, to .35" [9 mm], racemose inflorescence arising from behind the leaf

"Similar to the common L Acostae but differs in the lip with incompletely formed blades below the middle of the halves of the lip. The lip is divided only about a third of it's length leaving a broad body beneath the short column and the small appendix is carried in theis rounded sinus beneath the stigma" Luer 1987

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

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Lindleyana 2(4): 201, 204. 1987.

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