Lepanthes parvilabia Luer 1995 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Small Lipped Lepanthes

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Costa Rica without locational data as a miniature sized epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 9, close fitting, black, glabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a filiform, densely congested, distichous, 1.64" [3.7 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with echinate floral bracts.

Part of the L disticha complex which consists L disticha, L olmosii, L similis, L poasensis and , L casasae but differs in the smaller lip, clavate column and has tiny, oblong blades adherent to each other over the shaft as in many South American species but not in Central America and the appendix is a minute, membraneous, triangualr flap situated outside the sinus.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 10: 162. Luer1995 Drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003