Lepanthopsis ornipteridion Dod 1986 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Lepanthopsis

TYPE Drawing by Donald Dod


Drawing by Carl Luer

Part shade Cool LATERSpring Summer

Common Name The Little Bird Wing Lepanthopsis [refers to the long-acute petals]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Haiti on the Massif de Hotte at elevations of 1300 to 1650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 8, coarsely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, margins minutely denticulate, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring and summer on an erect, capillary, .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long peduncle, from near the apex of the ramicaul, rachis 1.4 to 4" [3.5 to 10 cm] long, in 2 opposing ranks, subcongested, distichous, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying transluscent purple, glabrous flowers.

"This species has a subdense, distichous, several flowered raceme. The length of the raceme of the species illustrated is considerably shorter than its capacity as indicated by the type specimen. The sepals and comparitively large petals are narrowly ovate, and the basal lobes of the cordate lip surround the column." Luer 2000


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Moscosoa 4: 152 Dod 1986 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum VIII Systematics of Lepanthopsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer 1991 drawing/photo fide;