Lepanthopsis abbreviata Luer & Hirtz 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Lepanthopsis

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Short Lepanthes [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size .04" [1 mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in montane forests and riversides at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by around 5 to 7, lepanthiform sheaths with microscopically scabrous, ribbed, shortly ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-oblong to elliptic-ovate, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall through winter on a, dense, .56" [1.4 cm] long, 2 ranked, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence.

"This species is recognized by the short, tiny-flowered inflorescence only half as long as the leaves. The sepals are ovate and minutely ciliate, the lateals connate more than half their length. The rounded lip has a narrrow but deep central sinus." Luer 1991


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum VIII Systematics of Lepanthopsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer 1991 drawing/photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing fide;