Lepanthopsis acuminata Ames 1938 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Lepanthopsis

Photo by Jay Pfahl

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Photo by Lourens Grobler


Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Gradually Tapering Point Lepanthopsis [refers to the ends of the sepals]

Flower Size .68" [1.75mm]

Found from Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador in moist forests at elevations of 700 to 2800 meters as a miniature, warm to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte, with slender ramicauls enclosed by 5 to 6 lepaniform sheaths with a single, apical, elliptic, acute, gradually narrows below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a terminal, arising from the leaf base, congested, 1.4" to 2" [3.5 to 5 cm] long, simultaneously many flowered raceme with the flowers in two opposite rows held at mid leaf height.

"Vegetatively it is indistinguishable from several of its near allies, but it is recognized by the delicate inflorescence usually more than twice the length of the leaf, congested racemes of two ranked, small flowers with long-acuminate seplas, the laterals connate only near the base and a cordate, subacute lip with basal lobes that embrace the column." luer 1991

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970; 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 ok; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 074 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo hmm; 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; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide