Lepanthopsis astrophora (Rchb. f. ex Kraenzl.) Garay 1962 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Fractipectin Luer 1991 Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by White Oak Orchids

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Common Name The Star-Bearing Inflorescence Lepanthopsis

Flower Size 3/16" [4 mm]

This miniature sized, hot to cool growing, caespitose, epiphytic species is found on coastal Venezuela and Colombia at elevations of 700 to 1500 meters with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute leaf with the base cuneate to into the petiole that blooms in the fall and spring on a terminal, erect, 4 3/4" [12 cm] long, more or less successive, loose, flexuous, many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from the apex of the ramicaul with up to 6 flowers that open simultaneously and are held well above the leaves.

Synonyms *Pleurothallis astrophora Rchb. f. ex Kraenzl. 1892

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1892 as Pleurothallis astrophora drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Pleurothallis asterophora sic; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Lepanthospsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Vol 8 1991; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 42/3 2001; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo ok;

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