Lepanthes rubripetala Stimson 1970

Side View of flower Photos by Ana Almisa Cuevas Padró and The Herbarium of the Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras (UPRRP) Web Site

Deep ShadeWarmSpringSummerFallWinter

Common Name or Meaning The Reddish Petaled Lepanthes

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Puerto Rico in wet montane forests at elevations of 700 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte with a spreading short ramicaul enveloped by 3 to 7, lepanthiform sheaths wi8th cilate ostia with puberulent ribs and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, ovate, acute to acuminate, minutely tridenticulate, not marginate, gradually narrowing below into the subpetillate base leaf that blooms at any time of the year on a fascile of to 5, terminal, capillary, distally distichously .8" [2 cm] long, fractiflex, densely, successively single, many flowered inflorescence.


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