Lepanthes stimsonii Luer 2002 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Jose D Alicia and his Puerto Rico Orchid Photo Website


TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Stimson's Lepanthes [American Orchid Enthusiast in Puerto Rico current]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Puerto Rico in the Sierra de Cayey and the Cordillera central on moss covered trees and branches in wet montane forests at elevations of 700 to 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 9, microsfopically ciliate leapanthiform sheths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, rounded below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, arising on the back of the leaf, peduncle .32 to .48" [.8 to 1.2 cm] long, rachis .2" [5 mm] long, congested, distichous, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with echinate, shorter to just as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

CAUTION!!! The flower in the photo above has petals that have the apical portion eaten away by some sort of insect. The petals should be outwarly lunate.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing fide;