Lepanthes sanjuanensis Bogarín & Karremans 2012 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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TYPE Drawing by © Diego Bogarin


Common Name The Alto de San Juan Lepanthes [A high spot on the road between San Isidro de General and Dominical in Costa Rica]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Costa Rica on the Pacific watershed of the Talamanca Range in wet premontane forests at elevations around 1000 to 1200 meters as a small sized, cool growing, pendent to suberect, caespitose epiphyte with slender, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 12 minutely ciliate, blackish, tighly adpressed lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate to elliptic, acute to acuminate, emarginate with a short apiculus, conduplicate, adaxially purplish, abaxially purplish green, not reticulated, rounded below into the short, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, arising on the back of the leaf, shorter than the leaf, peduncle .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, rachis .4 to .6" [1 to 12.5 cm] long, distichous, glabrous, successively single flowered inflorescence with ovate, acuminate, conduplicate, membraneous, muriculate, much shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

Similar to L guardiana, L daniel-jimenezii and L ferreliae but differs in them all by the hairs underneath the lip on either side of the column.

" Lepanthes sanjuanensis is similar to L. elegans Luer. Both are characterized by the relatively large plants up to 12" [30 cm] tall, the flowers are small compared to the plant habit, produced below the leaf, and the lip is minute with conspicuous long-ciliate apexes. However, L. sanjuanensis is mainly distinguished by the green-purple, not reticulated leaves (vs. reticulated), the petals with the upper lobe oblong, rounded, with the margins red (vs. obliquely ovate, with a red blotch at the middle of the upper lobe), the lower lobe oblong, rounded, divergent at apex (vs. obliquely triangular, acute, converging) and the pinkish or orange-red lip (vs. yellow)." Luer 2012


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lankesteriana 12: 113 Bogarín & Karremans 2012 Three New Lepanthes from Costa Rica Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo don't think so as to what????;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 photo fide;