Lepanthopsis culiculosa Luer 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Lepanthopsis

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Mosquito Lepanthopsis [refers to the flower size]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia at elevations around 2000 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with an erect, slender, occasionally proliferating another ramicaul enveloped by 3 to 6, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a filiform, subdense, distichous, .8 to 2.2" [2 to 5.5 cm] long, simultaneously several to many flowered inflorescence arising near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Similar to L steyermarkii but the longer leaves and longer, straight, densely flowered racemes distinguish L culiculosa. Both species have very small single veined sepals. L culiculosa is also similar to L vinacea but the former has ecaudate sepasls on an extremely reduced scale." Luer 1984


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 55: 197. Luer & Vasquez 1984; Icones Pleurothallidinarum VIII Systematics of Lepanthospsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer 1991 drawing/photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide