Lepanthopsis prolifera Garay 1954 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Lepanthopsis>

Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website


Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep Shade CoolColdFall

Common Name or Meaning The Prolific Lepanthopsis [One growing on the top of another]

Flower Size .1" [2 mm]

Found in northeastern Colombia at elevations of 1800 to 2200 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold, prolific growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 8 minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, 1" [2.5 cm] long including the .4 to .48" [1 to 1.2 cm] long peduncle, congested, simultaneously many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from the apex of the ramicaul.

"Exclusively prolific, the inflorescence is a classical, congested, doubled ranked raceme of little flowers with auminate sepals. The laterals are connate to near the middle and the apices are more or less approximate. The lip is broadly cordate wtha prominent glenion and a second cavity between the glenion and the apex. The margins of the,lip are ot thickened as illustrated by Garay." Luer 1991


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum VIII Systematics of Lepanthospsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer 1991 drawing/photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;