Lepanthes caritensis Tremblay & Ackerman 1993 Photo by © Irma Saldaña

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Plant and Flower Photos by © Luis M Ortiz Jordan and The Orchid Soure Forum Website

Deep ShadeWarmSpringSummerFallWinter

Common Name or Meaning The Carite Forest Reserve Lepanthes

Flower Size .15" [3 mm]

Found in Puerto Rico in wet montane forests in shady ravines at elevations around 600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with decumbent to pendent ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 4, brown, lepanthiform sheaths with muricate ribs and minutely ciliate margins and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, margins inrolled, elliptic to oblanceolate, acute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on 1 to 5, with only two active at any one time, racemose, from the apex of the stem, .04 to 3.6" [1 to 9 mm] long, 1 to 8 flowered inflorescence that bends away from the leaf, with brown, lepanthiform floral bracts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing fide;