Lepanthopsis obliquipetala (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Luer 1991 SUBGENUS Microlepanthes

Photo by Karremans and The Lankester's Epidendra Website CR


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana Bogota Colombia

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Oblique Petaled Lepanthopsis

Flower Size .1" [2 mm]

Found in El Salvador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador at elevations of 1100 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6 close fitting, minutely scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ellioptical, acute, cuneate basally into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a subcongested, 2 ranked, to 3.2" [8 cm] long, simultaneously several to many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Several to many of the tiny, tubular flowers are borne simultaneously in a two-ranked raceme. The sepals are deeply connate into a bottle-shaped sepaline tube, but the morphology of the round cncave lip and colum with an apical anther and stigma is nearly the same as that of L microlepanthes." Luer 1991

Synonyms *Physosiphon obliquipetalus Ames & C.Schweinf. 1925; Pleurothallis connata Luer 1981; Stelis obliquipetala (Ames & C.Schweinf.) L.O.Williams 1956; Trichosalpinx obliquipetala (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Luer 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Ceiba Vol 5 LO Wms. 1956 as Stelis obliquipetala; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 as Physosiphon obliquipetalus drawing/photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 1 1977 as Physosiphon obliquipetalus photo fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as Physosiphon obliquipetalus drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum VIII Systematics of Lepanthopsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer 1991 drawing/photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 18 #3 O Duque 1993 as Physosi[phon obliquipetalus drawing/photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing/photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide