Lepanthes sanguinea Hook. 1844 Photo by Alex Sirota

Common Name The Blood Red Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Jamaica and Puerto Rico? 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 L caritensis, I think I have them right but they may be switched. I need to see a Jamaican specimen of L sanguinea to be sure.


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 fide; Icones Pleurothallidianrum XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide