Lepanthopsis aristata Dod 1986 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Lepanthopsis

TYPE Drawing by Donald Dod

Another Drawing

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

Drawing of L haitensis

TYPE Drawing of L haitensis by Donald Dod

Common Name The Aristate Lepanthopsis [refers to the sepals]

Flower Size .7" [1.75mm]

Found in Haiti at elevations of 800 to 900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender rammcauls enveloped by 4 to 5 lepanthiform sheaths with minutely ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, minutely denticulate margined, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a subcongested, distichous, strict, 1 to 1.5" [2.5 to 3 cm] long including the .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence with 2 opposing ranks of flowers and arising from the apex of the ramicaul.

"The flowers are borne in a strict, distichous, not too crowded raceme. The comparitively large flowers, for the size of the plant, vary little from the usual forms seeen in the genus. The sepals varry in length from .12 to .2" [3 to 5 mm] long, are narrowly ovate with the acute apices more or less acuminate, the petals are short and broad and the lip is cordate witj the basal lobes flanking the column. A specimen with the longer sepals was described as L aristata while a specimen with shorter sepals was described as L haitiensis now considered a synonym of L aristata." Luer 1991

Synonyms Lepanthopsis haitiensis Dod 1986

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Moscosoa 4: 143 Dod 1986 drawing fide; Moscosoa 4: 148 Dod 1986 as L haitensis drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum VIII Systematics of Lepanthospsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer 1991 drawing/photo fide;