|Sierra palm forest/elfin forest transcition area, many Lepanthes are found here. The ground is from wet to soping wet year round. The view is toward Pico del Este|
|Sometimes the inflorescence is over the top of the leaf instead of under it which is the norm.|
|This plant was found in the Sierra Palm forest|
|Two inflorescences plus one seed capsule|
|A plant at a local orchid show, a rare sight indeed. The many stems and flowers on the plant speak of a skilled and knowledgeable grower.|
Because of this unpopularity the local Lepanthes are happily left alone in the wild and to survive or die on their own terms and according to the vagrancies of the seasons and the climate. My biggest difficulty with the local Lepanthes is the lack of photos of plants whose identity has been certified by a botanical authority. Even with the botanical descriptions, the taxonomic keys and line drawings are a challenge for an amateur, it can be difficult to determine the ID of a plant without a color drawing or photo.
There are several Lepanthes species in PR and perhaps with a single exception, they are not endangered or particularly rare in their favored habitats. They can be easily found in the wild habitat but you will have to bring a magnifying glass to really enjoy their beauty. They are best left in their native haunts because they will not tolerate even slight neglect in cultivation. A Cattleya can easily endure two weeks without watering with no ill consequences. Lepanthes will die the moment they desiccate which can happen in less than a week during particularly windy spell in the dry season or at the height of the summer when temperatures are at their yearly peak.