Lepanthopsis purpurata Dod ex Luer 2005 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Lepanthopsis

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Purple Lepanthopsis [refers to the Flower Color]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Haiti at elevations around 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 7, blackish brown lepanthiform sheaths with long-ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, slightly convex, with the margins smooth, elliptical, obtuse at the rounded apex, cuneate into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, peduncle .4" [1 cm] long, from near the apex of the ramicaul, rachis .72" [1.8 cm] long, congested, distichous, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence carrying overlapping and back to back, 2 ranked flowers with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying red-brown-purple flowers.

"This species has elliptic leaves with smooth margins. A short peduncled the tip of the crowded raceme of back to back flowers beyond the leaf. The broadly ovate sepals and suborbicular petals are deep purple and convex. The lip is suborbicular with short, basal angles embracing the column." Luer 2002


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV A First Century of New Species of Stelis of Ecuador Part 1 Luer 2002 Nom inval. Drawing fide; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Dryadella and Acronia section Macrophyllae-Fasiculatae Luer 2005 in Corrigenda;