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

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Star-Bearing Inflorescence Lepanthopsis

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found on coastal Venezuela and Colombia at elevations of 700 to 1500 meters as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing, caespitose, epiphytic species 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 spring, summer and fall on a terminal, erect, 4 4.8" [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.

"Varied in size vegetatively, the flowers, small but brilliant violet, are resupinate and are produces several at a time on a loose, flexuous raceme. The sepals are ovate and acuminate , the petals are ovate and microscopically ciliate and the lip is cordate." Luer 1991

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; * Studies in American orchids VI Canadian Journal of Botany 34(2):241-260 Garay 1962; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 # 9 1967; 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 VIII Systematics of Lepanthospsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer 1991 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo ok; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019;

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