Lepanthopsis microlepanthes [Griseb.] Ames 1933 SUBGENUS Microlepanthes

Photo by Julio Larramendi


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

Common Name The Minute Lepanthes-Like Lepanthopsis

Flower Size .04" [1 mm]

Found in Cuba and Jamaica at elevations of 650 to 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with erect slender, ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptic, obtuse to rounded, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a congested, filiform, .2" [5 mm] long including the .08 to .16" [2 to 4 mm] long peduncle, successively single few flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"The column is short and cylindrical with a dorsal anther and a protruding, apical rostellum and stigma. The stigma is transverse and entire , not similar to the typical, transversely bilobed stigma of Lepanthopsis but within limits that must be accepted as everything else is in agreement." Luer 1991

Synonyms Humboltia microlepanthes (Griseb.) Kuntze 1891; Lepanthes leonii C.Schweinf. 1946; *Pleurothallis microlepanthes Griseb. 1864; Trichosalpinx microlepanthes (Griseb.) Luer 1986

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Catologo Descriptivo de Las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna 1987 as Pleurothallis microlepanthes; Icones Pleurothallidinarum VIII Systematics of Lepanthopsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer 1991 drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005 photo fide;