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Lepanthes ruberrima Pupulin 2012

Photo by Franco Pupulin.

Full Shade Warm CoolWinter

Common Name The Deep Brick Red Lepanthes [refers to the flower color]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 1160 to 1245 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool, erect to pendent growing epiphyte with pendent to erect ramicauls enveloped by 3, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, pendent to erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptic, obtuse, minutely tridenticulate apically, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on 1 to 2, filiform, loose, distichous, .6 to 1.28" [1.5 to 3.2 cm] long including the .06" [to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, fractiflex, successively single, several [11] flowered inflorescence arising on the top or the back side of the leaf.

This species was originally described as L johnsonii var costaricensis but has been elevated to species status by Franco Pupulin in 2012.

Synonyms Lepanthes johnsonii subsp. costaricensis Pupulin 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Harvard Pap. Bot. 6(1): 2912001 as L johnsonii var costaricensis drawing fide; *Orchid Digest 76: 25 Pupulin 2012 drawing/photo fide

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