Lepanthes pulchella (Sw.) Sw. 1799 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of Flower

Leaf and FlowerPhotos by Egon Krogsgaard

DrawingDrawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at he JanY Renz Herbaria Webpage


Common Name The Beatiful Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica in cloud forests at elevations around 1500 to 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, suberect to horizontal, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter through early fall on a filiform, erect, congested, distichous, .64 to .92" [1.6 to 2.3 cm] long including the .2 to .48" [5 to 12 mm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence that exceeds the leaf in length.

Synonyms *Epidendrum pulchellum Sw. 1788; Hormidium pulchellum (Sw.) Benth. & Hook.f. ex B.D.Jacks 1893

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014;