Lepanthopsis calva Dod ex Luer 2002 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Fractipectin Luer 1991

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Bald Lepanthopsis [refers to the glabrous sepals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Haiti at elevations around 1150 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 8 coarsely pubescent, lepanthiform sheaths with dilated, coarsely ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, convex, with the margins minutely denticulate, elliptical, obtuse, broadly cuneate to rounded, contracted in to the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, peduncle .68" [1.7 cm] long, from near the apex of the ramicaul, rachis .72" [1.8 cm] long, very congested, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with membraneous, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers without color data.

"This species is related to L micheleae but L calva, characterized by the stout, coarsly pubescent-ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths, a thicker, convex leaf rounded at the base and abruptly short-petiolate. It has similar flowers but with glabrous sepals and petals. The lips of both species are margined towards the apex and the basal lobes encircle the column." 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