Lepanthes vestigialis Bogarín & Pupulin 2010 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by © Daniel Jimenez

Common Name The What's Left Lepanthes [refers to the lack of petals and lip]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Costa Rica on the slopes of Rio Platanillo at elevations of 700 to 900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7, lepanthiform sheaths with slightly dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, subcoriaceous, flat, slightly conduplicate, broadly ovate to suborbicular, obtuse-rounded, grey-green, minutely emarginate, abaxially provided with a minute, rounded apicule, shortly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a racemose, disitichous, fliliform, to .6" [1.5 cm] long, successively flowered inflorescence holding the flowers above the leaf.

Similar to L rigidigitata but it has a lax, flexuous, 5.6" [14 cm] long, racemose inflorescence and L micellilabia but it has a short, congested racemose inflorescence. The other in this similar group of flowers with very reduced petals and lip is L abortiva

"L vestigialis resembles the Ecuadorian species, Lepanthes equus-frisiae, Lepanthes pelorostele , L scrotifera and L rigidigitata, the Colombian species L vargasiiL eros, L isoceles, L micellilabia and L niphas and the Costa Rican L posthon and L spadariae

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *OrchideenJ. 17(3): 119. 2010 et OrchidsJ. 1(1):34. 2011. drawing/photo fide; Lankesteriana 17: 227 Moreno Vieira & Karremans 2017 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide

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