Lepanthopsis stellaris Dod 1978 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Fractipectin Luer 1991

TYPE Drawing by Donald Dod

Part shade Cool LATERFall Winter

Common Name The Star-Like Lepanthopsis [refers to the flower appearance]

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Dominican Republic in cloud forests at elevations of 1450 to 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 6, lepanthiform sheaths with microscopically ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, margins minutely denticulate, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on an erect, .2" [5 mm] long peduncle, from near the apex of the ramicaul, rachis .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long, in 2 opposing ranks, congested, distichous, lightly flexuous, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel and ovary floral bracts and carrying transluscent purple, glabrous flowers.

"This species has purple flowers that are borne on a subdense, distichous, lightly flexuousm several flowered raceme. The sepals and comparitively large petals are wide spread and ovate. The basal lobes of the cordate lip embrace the column." Luer 2000


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Moscosoa 1: 3:54 Dod 1978 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum VIII Systematics of Lepanthopsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer 1991 drawing/photo fide;