Lepanthes acunae Hespenh. 1973 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993 TYPE Drawing by Hespenheide and the The Epidendra Website

Deep Shade Cool fall

Common Name or Meaning Acuna's Lepanthes [Cuban Orchid Enthusiast and collector of species 1900's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Oriente province of Cuba in montane forests at elevations around 1350 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 7, dilated, lepanthiform sheaths with cilate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic to round, denticulate margined, tridenticulate apically, abruptly contracted below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a .36 to 1.04 [.9 to 2.6 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with infundibular, dilated, acuminate, ciliate bracts.

"Characterized by the denticulate, elliptical leaves borne by coarsely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths. A loose, successively flowered inflorescence surpasses the leaf. The sepals are ovate, slightly acuminate and also denticulate. The blades of the labellum are narrowly ovate, ciliate and borne by broad connectives, the appendix is unknown." Ackerman 2014


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Brittonia 25: 262-263. Hensp. 1973 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014