Lepanthes selenitepala Rchb.f. 1885 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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

Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep ShadeWarmSpringSummerFallWinter

Common Name or Meaning The Moon-Like Petal Lepanthes

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Puerto Rico in wet montane forests at elevations of 400 to 700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 3 to 12, imbricating lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, coriaceous, subsessile, ovate to lanceolate to elliptic, tridenticulate apically leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, fasciculate, racemose, filiform, shorter than the leaf, fractiflex, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.

The drawing above is L selenipetala subsp ackermanii

Synonyms Lepanthes selenitepala subsp. ackermanii Luer 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing fide;