Lepanthes turialvae Rchb. f. 1855 Photo by © Bogarin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Another Flower in situ Costa Rica Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Another Flower? Photo by © Milan Vágner

Common Name Turialba Lepanthes [Town In Costa Rica]

Flower Size 1/10" [2.5 mm]

Found from Costa Rica to Panama, in cloud forests at elevations of 600 to 2200 meters and is a miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped completely by 5 to 6, loose lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptical to cordate leaf that is cuneate into the petiole and is basally clasping to the ramicaul that blooms in the winter on a shorter than the leaf, 3/4" to 1 1/4" [2 to 3 cm] long, successively many flowered, fractiflex inflorescence arising from the apex of he ramicaul and held on the back side of the leaf with only one or two flowers open at a time.

Synonyms Lepanthes brenesii Schltr. 1923; Lepanthes quetzalensis Luer & Behar 1990; Lepanthes scopula Schltr. 1920

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Bonplandia (Hannover) 3: 225. Rchb.f 1855; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1855 drawing fide; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19: 177. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as L brenesii; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 not = L pectinata; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide vol 2 Dunterville & Garay 1979 not = L pectinata; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing good; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 not = L pectinata; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 3 2006 drawing;

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