Lepanthopsis melanantha [Rchb.f] Ames 1933 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Fractipectin Luer 1991 Photo by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

Common Name The Black Flowered Lepanthopsis

Flower Size 1/8" [2 mm]

Found in all large islands in the greater Antilles as well as rarely in the Fakahatchee swamp in Florida at elevations of 3 to 1300 meters with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 8 long ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse leaf with the base cuneate into the petiole, that is a free-blooming, miniature, cool to warm growing epiphyte on a congested, distichous, 3/8" [4 cm] long, simultaneously opening several flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

Synonyms Lepanthes brevipetala Fawc. & Rendle 1909; Lepanthes harrisii Fawc. & Rendle 1909; Lepanthopsis quisqueyana Dod 1986; Pleurothallis floripicta Lindl. 1861; *Pleurothallis melanantha Rchb. f. 1865

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Pleurothallis melanantha; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Lepanthes brevipetala; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 as Lepanthes brevipetala; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 as Lepanthes brevipetala; Catologo Descriptivo de Las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna 1987 as Pleurothallis melanantha; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Lepanthospsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Vol 8 1991 drawing fide; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 3 2003 photo;

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