Lepanthes turquinoensis Schltr. 1923 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Julio Larramendi

Common Name The Mount Turquino Lepanthes [The higest Cuban mountain in Southeastern Cuba]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Santiago de Cuba province of Cuba in wet montane forests at elevations around 1800 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, caespitose, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by up to 10, narrow, infundibuliform, acuminate lepanthiform sheaths with glabrous, striae, papilose-hispid ostia and carrying a single, apical, broadly ovate, glabrous, entire margins, subacuminate, minutely tridenticulate, rounded below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on up to 4, arising on the back side of the leaf, slender, distichous, .6" [to 1.5 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with dilate, acuminate, ciliate floral bracts and carrying small, diaphanous flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho and Larramendi 2005 photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014