Lepanthes poasensis Luer 1995 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Daniel Jimenenz

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Franco Pupulin

Flower Closeup

Photos by Walter Schug

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade Cool Cold Spring Summer

Common Name The Poas Lepanthes [Volcano in central Costa Rica]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Costa Rica in very humid pluvial and cloud forests at elevations of 100 to 2400 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erct, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 9, black, tightly adpressed, glabrous to microscopically ciliate-scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect,coriaceous, suffused with purple beneath, elliptical, acute, slightly acuminate, cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a slnder, congested, distichous, .4 to .88" [1 to 2.2 cm] long, racemose, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and has lightly muriculate floral bracts

Part of the L disticha complex which includes L olmosii, L parvilabia, L similis and L casasae but differs in the light colored, obliquely acuminate sheaths of the ramicaul


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Epidendra Website; * Lindleyana 10: 164 Luer 1995 Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;