Lepanthes melanocaulon Schltr. 1923

Photo by Julio Larramendi

Common Name The Black Stemmed Lepanthes

Flower Size

Found in northeastern Cuba as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose, warm to cool growing epiphyte with an erect, slender, ramicaul enveloped by up to 11, brown black, horn shped, acumionate leapanthiform sheaths with muriculate ostia, and carrying a single, apical, violet beneath, elliptic-ovate, coriaceous, subacuminate, minutely tridenticulate, neate below intothe subsessile base leaf that blooms at any time of the year on 1 to 4, congested, distichous, arising on the abaxial side of the leaf, .24 to .4" [.6 to 1 cm] long, much shorter than the leaf, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with dilated, acuminate, papilloose-muricate, much shorter than the pedicels floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho and Larramendi 2005 photo fide;