Lepanthopsis steyermarkii Foldats 1968 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Fractipectin Luer 1991

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

Common Name Steyermark's Lepanthopsis [American Botanist in Venezuela and discoverer of species 1900's]

Flower Size .04" [1 mm]

Found in Venezuela at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, prolific epiphyte with erect slender, ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 5, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a loose, filiform, .8" [2 cm] long including the .12 to .16" [3 to 4 mm] long peduncle, simultaneously few flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul and carrying the flowers in 2 opposing ranks.

"The inflorescence is a short, loose, two-ranked raceme of tiny flwoers with ovate sepals. The laterals are connate near the middle and the apices are spread. The lip is broadly cordate with a prominent cavity above the base and basal lobes embracing the column." Luer 1991


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 2 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum VIII Systematics of Lepanthopsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella