Lepanthes rupestris Stimson 1970 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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

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Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Plant in situ Puerto Rico

Photo courtesy of Grant Godden


Drawing by Sol Taína Cintrón-Berdecía and Raymond L Tremblay and Folia Geobotanica March 2006, Spatial variation in phenotypic selection on floral characteristics in an epiphytic orchid

Common Name or Meaning The Rock Dwelling Lepanthes

Flower Size .1" [2.5mm]

Found only in Puerto Rico along streams and rivers on moss covered stone in wet montane forests at elevations of 400 to 900 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte with a slender, 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 arises on the adaxial side of the leaf, shorter than the leaf, on a bi or trigeminate fascile of fractiflex, distally distichously, densely many flowered, to 3/4" [to 20 mm] long, racemose inflorescence with echinate, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

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; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014;