Lepanthopsis anthoctenium (Rchb.f.) Ames 1933 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Lepanthopsis

Photo by Donald D Dod


Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundationa t the Jany renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Floral Comb Lepanthopsis [refers to the appearance of the inflorescence]

Flower Size .7" [1.75 mm]

Found in Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic at elevations of 250 to 1000 [2100] meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 6 lepanthiform sheaths with dilated, ciliate ostia and ribs and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, marginally microscopically denticulate, oblong-elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter, spring and fall on a congested, filiform, 1.2" [3 cm] long including the .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with 2 opposing ranks of flowers and arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Distinguished from L floripectin by the broadly cordate lip with basal lobes that embrace the column. The lip of L floripectin is smaller and suborbicular without basal lobes that embrace the column." Luer 1991

Synonyms Lepanthopsis domingensis Dod 1977; *Pleurothallis anthoctenium Rchb.f. 1876

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Moscosoa 1: 2:43 Dod 1978 as L domingensis drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 #11 1978 photo fide; Moscosoa 3: 102 Dod 1984; Moscosoa 4: 140 Dod 1986 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum VIII Systematics of Lepanthospsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer 1991 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 # 10 1992 photo fide;