Lepanthopsis hotteana [Mansf.] Garay 1953 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Fractipectin Luer 1991

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Massif de la Hotte Lepanthopsis [A mountain where the orchid was discovered]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in the Dominican Republic at elevations of 1700 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect slender, ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 10, lepanthiform sheaths with cilated ribs and dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, marginate and denticulate, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and summer on a loose, distichous, flexuous, .6" [1.5 cm] long including the .2" [5 mm] long peduncle, successively 2 to 3, few flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Very similar to Lepanthopsis barahonensis (Cogn.) Garay 1969 but L hotteana is distinguished by the longer, more pointed petals, a cordate-triangular lip with basal lobes embracing the column and a broad relatively flat column as usual in the genus but not elongate and cylindrical as in L baharonensis." Luer 1991


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 10 1957 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum VIII Systematics of Lepanthopsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer 1991 drawing/photo fide;