An incredibly beautiful Lepanthes and a strong grower in my collection. It has been blooming continually since early summer and is still going showing no signs of slowing down. Flowers measure about 3 mm and the name refers to the reflexed dorsal sepal. I love the shape, severe and graceful all at once. The leaves are beautiful as well. This species really has it all, everything that makes Lepanthes great. See the cool illustration on Epidendras website. It is a miniature cool grower from Costa Rica where it grows at an elevation of about 2 700 – 2 900 meters. I grow it mounted on a tree branch in the cool vivarium, medium light, high humidity and wet but with very good air cirkulation. You can see the flowers swaying in the breeze, very meditative.
Lepanthes reflexa Luer & Hermans, Lindleyana 10: 167 (1995). This name is a synonym.
Accepted Name: Lepanthes costaricensis Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19: 22 (1923).