Lepanthes sanguinea Hook. 1844 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Alex Sirota


Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Blood Red Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Jamaica at elevations of 600 to 900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, broadly cunaete below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a congested, distichous, .28" [to 7 mm] long, filiform, successively single, several flowered inflroescence arising on the upper surface of the leaf with echinate floral bracts.

CAUTION There has been confusion around this species and the Puerto Rican L caritensis. The photo above is suspect but Luer's drawing is most likely correct. This species has been said to come from Peurto Rico but in error. Referable species to peurot Rico seem to be L caritensis.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing ok; Orchid Digest Vol 57 Vol 4 1993 photo fide; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing not = L caritenisis; Icones Pleurothallidianrum XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014;