~Lepanthes occidentalis Hespenh. 1973 See Lepanthes fulva Lindl. 1858

Photo by Julio Larramendi


Drawing by Dressler and The Epidendra Webpage

Common Name The Western Lepanthes [refers to the location of the plant]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in central to western Cuba at elevations around 600 to 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical to ovate, acuminate leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a filiform, congested, distichous, to .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho and Larramendi 2005 photo fide;