Lepanthopsis constanzensis (Cogn.) Garay 1953 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Fractipectin Luer 1991

Photo courtesy of Eladio Fernandez

Flower Closeup

Photo by Ron Hanko.


Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Costanza Lepanthopsis [A town in west central Dominican Republic]

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Endemic to the Dominican Republic in seasonally moist forests at elvations of 1400 to 1760 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 4 to 7 lepanthiform, shortly ciliate sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic to broadly elliptic, minutely denticulate margined leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a loose, distichous, flexuous, successively many flowered with at most 3 at any one time, to 1 3/4" [4.5 cm] long inflorescence arising from the near the apex of the ramicaul.

The elongate, fractiflex inflorescence as well as the rounded collar-like lip with a pair of rounded calli are diagnostic for this species.

Synonyms *Pleurothallis constanzensis Cogn. 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Pleurothallis constanzensis; Icones Pleurothallidinarum VIII Systematics of Lepanthopsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer 1991 drawing/photo fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000;