Lepanthes rupestris Stimson 1970 Photo by The Herbarium of the Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras (UPRRP) Web Site

Another Flower not Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Plant in situ Puerto Rico Photo courtesy of Grant Godden

Common Name or Meaning The Rock Dwelling Lepanthes

Flower Size .1" [2.5mm]

Found only in Puerto Rico along streams and rivers in wet montane forests at elevations of 400 to 900 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte with a slender, lepanthivaginate ramicaul enveloped basally by 2 to 3 puberulent sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute to acuminate leaf that is cuneate below and blooms at most any time of the year on a bi or trigeminate fascile of fractiflex, distally distichously, densely many flowered, to 3/4" [to 20 mm] long, racemose inflorescence that is shorter than the leaf and arises on the adaxial side of the leaf.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000