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.

Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer

Drawing of L quisqueyana

Drawing by Donald Dod

Common Name The Black Flowered Lepanthopsis

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found Puerto Rico. Doninican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and Jamaica as well as rarely in the Fakahatchee swamp in Florida USA at elevations of 3 to 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with 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, 1.6" [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; The Native Orchids of Florida Luer 1972 drawing/photos fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 44 #8 1975; Moscosoa 4: 155 Dod 1986 drawing fide; Catologo Descriptivo de Las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna 1987 as Pleurothallis melanantha; Icones Pleurothallidinarum VIII Systematics of Lepanthopsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer 1991 drawing/photo fide; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 3 2003 photo fide;

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