Lepanthes tipulifera Rchb.f. 1866

Side view Flower Photos by Jimenez, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Full Shade Cool Cold Spring Summer Fall

Common Name The Water Spider Carrying Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica in premontane rain forest to cloud forest and disturbed primary forests at elevations around 1500 to 2200 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 11, blackish, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with oblique ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, basally rounded and contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a congested, distichous, 1.4" [4.1 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

Synonyms Lepanthes insectiflora C.Schweinf. 1939

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Beitr. Orchid.-K. C. Amer.: 91. 1866.; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as L insectiflora; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003