Lepanthopsis acetabulum Luer 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Lepanthopsis

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Another Flower

Photo by Byron Rinke

Another view

Photo courtesy of Donna Nash

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Cup-Shaped Lepanthopsis [refers to the cavity of the lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia as a small sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte, at elevations of 1400 to 1800 meters with a long ramicaul enclosed by lepanthiform sheaths and a carrying a single, apical, elliptic-lanceolate, acute, gradually narrows below into the conduplicate, petiolate leaf that blooms on a terminal, from the leaf base, congested, up to .72" [up to 18 mm] long, simultaneously opening, many flowered raceme arising from the base of the leaf and holding the flowers below leaf height that blooms in the fall and winter.

"Similar to L acuminata but the new species leaves are long and narrow, inflorescence shorter than the leaf, minutely ciliate sepals and petals, shortly acuminate sepals and the lip has a well developed circular cavity with elevated margins at the base." Luer 1991

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR; * Phytologia 55: 196. Luer & Vasquez 1984; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of the Pleurothallidinae Vol 1 1986 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum VIII Systematics of Lepanthospsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer 1991 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo hmm; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 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;