Lepanthes vestigialis Bogarín & Pupulin 2010 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.

This species and L abortiva have very small, almost non-existent lips


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *OrchideenJ. 17(3): 119. 2010 et OrchidsJ. 1(1):34. 2011. drawing/photo fide