!Lepanthopsis floripecten (Rchb. f.) Ames 1933 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Lepanthopsis

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Another Flower

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Plant and Inflorescence

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Floral Comb Inflorescence Lepanthopsis

Flower Size .16" to .24" [4 to 6 mm]

Found from Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Fr Guiana, Guyana and Brazil in moist premontane forests, montane forests and elfin forests as a miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte on moss covered branches at elevations of 300 to 2400 meters with erect, terete stems covered by inflated, ciliate sheaths and has a single, elliptic-lanceolate, subcoriaceous, retuse, apiculate, gradually narrows below into the base leaf and blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a 1.72" to 2.8" [4.8 to 7 cm] long, terminal [from the leaf base], several flowered, racemose inflorescence that arises in the winter and spring with simultaneously opening flowers.

"Vegetatively similar to others in the genus, but separated by the double ranked inflorescence of congested, transverse flowers with the peduncle more or less twice the length of the leaf, the sepals are narrow, the laterals deeply connate to near the obtuse apices, the petals are broadly elliptical and the slightly concave, suborbicular lip has short basal lobes that do not surround the column." Luer 1991

Synonyms Humboldtia floripecten (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia floripecten (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Lepanthes secunda Barb. Rodr. 1882; Lepanthopsis secunda (Barb. Rodr.) Hoehne 1936; Lepanthopsis unilateralis (Cogn.) Porto & Brade 1935; *Pleurothallis floripecten Rchb. f. 1854; Pleurothallis unilateralis Cogn. 1896

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Bonplandia 2(2): 25. 1854 as Pleurothallis floripectin; Refugium Botanicum Reichenbach 1872 as Pleurothallis floripecten drawing ok; Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 667. 1891 as Humboldtia floripectin; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 # 9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 8 449 - 512 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1976; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing/photo ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 819 Dodson 1983 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 57 No 1 1988 photo fiude; AOS Bulletin Vol 57 No 2 1988 photo fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air Mulder & Mulder-Roelfsema 1990 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum VIII Systematics of Lepanthospsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer 1991 drawing/photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 11 1993 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1542 Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 63 #3 1999 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5 - 6 Orchids of Mexico Part 2 - 3 Plate 607 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 draw; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 5 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 7 2005 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; An Illustrated Field Guide to the Orchids of the Yotoco Forest Reserve Colombia Kolanowska, Escobar, Sanchez & Szlachetko 2011 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #12 2013 photo fide; Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide