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Lepanthes empticia – Rediscovered in 2010

March 12, 2011

Lepanthes empticia, Luer & Béhar 1999.

When I was in Costa Rica last year me and Daniel Jiminez did a trek in the forests above Cachi. We had Manuel with us. A local guide and orchid lover. In a very dense rainforest at about 1300 meters we found a lot of Lepanthes plants on a small tree. It turned out that several of them is Lepanthes empticia. A species that no one knew were it came from.

The story begins when Moises Behar bought several plants from a collector in Costa Rica in the 90´s. In one of the plants this species turned up. In 1999 Moises Behar and Luer described the species as Lepanthes empticia. But they had no collection data.

The name ¨empticia¨ comes from ” empiticious”, a word in Latin that means “Bought”. Reffering to how the plant was found.

The flower is one of the smalles in the genus. It´s only about 2 mm in size.

It was determined by Diego Bogarin at the Lankester Botanical Garden in Cartago. It´s now properly documented with pictures, herbarium plants and tissue samples in Silica and Alcohol.

Lepanthes empticia - In Situ

Lepanthes empticia - In Situ

Lepanthes empticia, Luer & Béhar 1999.

Lepanthes empticia, Luer & Béhar 1999.

Lepanthes empticia, Luer & Béhar 1999.

Lepanthes empticia, Luer & Béhar 1999.

Lepanthes empticia, Luer & Béhar 1999.

Lepanthes empticia, Luer & Béhar 1999.

Lepanthes empticia, Luer & Béhar 1999.

Lepanthes empticia, Luer & Béhar 1999.

Lepanthes empticia, Luer & Béhar 1999.

Lepanthes empticia, Luer & Béhar 1999.

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