Lepanthopsis maculanthina L.E.Matthews 2018 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Lepanthopsis

Comparrison Photo with L aristata

TYPE Drawing

Photos /TYPE Drawing by Alphonso Doucette

Part shade WARM Cool LATEWinter EARLYSpring

Common Name The Violet Speck Lepanthopsis [refers to the small size and purple coloration]

Flower Size .036 to .048" [.9 to 1.2 mm]

Found in Haiti in Pic Macaya National Park at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, terete ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 5, papery, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, margins denticulate, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an horizontal to ascending, peduncle terete, .36 to .48" [9 to 13 mm] long, subcongested, distichous, simultaneously few flowered inflorescence with tubular, membraneous, longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Most similar to L dodii but can be distinguished by the few flowered inflorescence [up to 6 vs up to 16], opening simultaneously [vs successively] with purple sepals [vs yellow], elliptica-subfalcate petals [vs elliptical-ovate] and a narrower lip .02 to .028" (.5 to .7 mm) vs .04" (1 mm)." Matthews 2018 2000

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * OrchideenJ. 6(3): 4 Matthews 2018 drawing/photo fide

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