IOSPE PHOTOS

Lepanthes orbella Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes TYPE Drawing by Luer and Epidendra Orchid Website

Common Name The Small Round Leafed Lepanthes

Flower Size .06" [1.5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica without locational data as a mini-miniature sized epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4, closely adpressed, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with oblique, slightly dilated ostia, and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical to suborbicular, obtuse to rounded apically, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a slender, congested, distichous, .68" [1.7 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising to just beyond the top of the leaf and carrying .

Characterized by the very small, caespitose plant allied to L blepharistes. The habit differs in the delicate, much shorter ramicauls to .4" [1 cm] long, with small, suborbicular leaves instead of ovate, acute leaves bourne by a mature ramicaul to to 4" [10 cm] long. The flowers, borne in a congested raceme just beyond the leaf and carrying similar flowers but 1/2 as large.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 11: 64 Luer 1996 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003

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