Lepanthopsis densiflora (Barb.Rodr.) Ames 1933 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Lepanthopsis

Photo by Roberto Martins and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Alfred Cogniaux and von Martius, Eichler, Urban: "Flora Brasiliensis" vol. 3 pt. 4 tab. 113

Common Name The Densely Flowered Lepanthopsis

Flower Size .05" [1 mm]

Found in Minas Gerais state of Brazil in shady forests as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4 lepanthiform sheaths with microscopically scabrous margins of the ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, gradually cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a filiform, .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long, congested, simultaneously many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul carrying the flowers in 2 opposite ranks.

"Characterized by a small habit, and a densely many flowered raceme of tiny flowers in an inflorescence that is about as long as the leaf and ramicaul combined. The sepals are ovate, the petals are sunorbicular and the comparitively large, featureless lip is ovate." Luer 1991

Synonyms Lepanthopsis congestiflora (Cogn.) Porto & Brade 1935; *Lepanthes densiflora Barb.Rodr. 1891; Pleurothallis congestiflora Cogn. 1896

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Iconographia de Orchidaeceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasiliensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum VIII Systematics of Lepanthospsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer 1991 drawing/photo fide;