Lepanthopsis rinkei Luer 2002 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Lepanthopsis

Photo by Karl Siegler plant grown by Byron Rinke


HOLOTYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and the Epidendra Orchid Website

Common Name Rinke's Lepanthopsis [American Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .1" [2 mm]

Found in Panama as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with an erect, stout ramicaul enveloped by 5 to 6, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse to rounded, contracted below to a petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a filiform, 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm] long including the .8 to .92" [2 to 2.3 cm] long peduncle, congested, simultaneously opening, several flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with the flowers arranged in 2 rows.

"Vegetatively large for the genus, the leaf and ramicaul are similar but larger to !Lepanthopsis floripecten . The leaf of L rinkei is broader than any other species in the genus. A congested, 2 ranked raceme is shorter than the leaf. The obtuse dorsal sepal, slightly diverging, oblong lateral sepals, minute petals and a broadly rounded, large lip are most similar to Lepanthopsis melanantha . The disc of the lip is featureless." Luer 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV A first Centrury of new species of Stelis Ecuador Luer 2002 Drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 4 2003 photo fide;