Lepanthopsis hirtzii Luer 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Lepanthopsis

Photo by Duane McDowell and his Flickr Ecuadorian Orchid Website


Photo by Ecuagenera and Their Ecuadorian Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Hirtz's Lepanthopsis [German Engineer, Orchid Enthusiast and Orchid Collector in Ecuador current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Colombia and southern Ecuador at elevations of 1600 to 2700 meters as as mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6, coarsly ciliate leapanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a dense, simulataneously many flowered, 1.5" [3.75 cm] long, 2 ranked inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Distinguished from others in the genus by the stout ramicauls with coarsely pubescent, cauline shaeths, elliptical-oblong leaves, an inflorescence at least twice as long as the leaf, densely flowered racemes in two opposite facing rows, anrrowly ovate, acute, pubescent sepals, the laterals connate for more than half the lenght and a suborbicular lip with basal auricles that embrace the column," Luer 1991


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum VIII Systematics of Lepanthospsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer 1991 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 11 1993 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/photo fide;