Ornithocephalus lankesteri Ames 1923Photo by A. Cascante-Marín


Drawing by Silvia Troyo

Common Name Lankester's Ornithocephalus [American Botanist in Costa Rica 1900's]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica in very wet, pluvial and cloud forests at elevations of 900 to 1550 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool, pendent growing epiphyte with held in a fan, narrowly elliptic, subfalcate acute leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on an axillary, pendent, 1.8 to 2.8" [4.5 to 7 cm] long, rachis carinate, the quills erose, many flowered inflorescence with oblong-lanceolate, cordate, acute, glandular-erose margined floral bracts and carrying white flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; Lankesteriana 19(1). 31 - 55 2019 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide