Lepanthes blepharantha Schltr. 1923 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Julio Larramendi


Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Eye Lash-Like Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in southeastern Cuba as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by to 7, cornucopiate, acuminate lepanthiform sheaths with muriculate striae carrying a single, apical, purple beneath, elliptic to suborbicular, glabrous, crenulate margins, subacuminate, broadly tridenticulate, narrrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, pendulous, .6 to 1.2" [1.5 to 3 cm] long, longer than the leaf, distichously, subdensely, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho and Larramendi 2005 photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 Drawing fide