Lepanthes subalpina Urb. 1917 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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Common Name The Below Alpine Lepanthes [refers to its higher elevation of occurance]

Flower Size .12" [4 mm]

Found in the Dominican Republic in wet montane broadleaved forests at elevations of 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 8, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, papery coriaceous, entire, ovate to narrowly ovate, acute, acuminate, rounded into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer and early fall on 2 to 6, erect, peduncle .8" [2 cm] long, rachis .2" [5 mm] long, congested, distichous, single, many flowered inflorescence with obtuse, minutely apiculate, longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

CAUTION!!! I have no way of verifying this determination so please use with caution.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 15: 105 Urban1917; Moscosoa 6: 170 Hespenh. & Dod 1990 ; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014