Lepanthopsis trulliformis I.Jiménez 2015 SUBGENUS Microlepanthes

TYPE Drawing

Photo/TYPE Drawing by Ivan Jimenez-Perez © and LANKESTERIANA 15(3). I Jimenez 2015

Part shade Cold Winter Spring

Common Name The Rhomboid Shaped Lepanthopsis [refers to the shape of the petals]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Huancavelica department of Peru and La Paz department of Bolivia in the Cotapata National Park in upper cloud forests at elevations around 2800 to 3400 meters as a miniature sized, caespitose, cold growing epiphyte with retrorse to ascending ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 6, microscopically ciliate, papillose and spiculate along the ribs lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, lightly arched, dark green spotted with purple or totally purple on the back, the back verrucose to glabrous, oblong to elliptic, sometimes irregularily spiculate margins, acute, thickened apically, narrowing into the shortly cuneate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a asciculate, basally enveloped by a single bract, .16" [4 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence with infundibuliform, oblique, totally enveloping the pedicel floral bracts.

"Similar to L apoda but it occurs at lower elevations [1400 to 2600 meters], is a smaller plant [ramicauls to 2" [5 cm] tall, a yellow flower [instead of reddish], the lateral sepals single veined, connate that form a concave synsepal and ovate petals. Vegetatively similar to L dewildei but it has narrower leaves .6 to .18" [1.5 to 4.5 mm] vs .2 to .24" [5 to 6 mm] wide, the apice of the sepals is incurved vs flat apices, and trulliform, retrorse petals vs ovate and non-retrorse. It can have 2 flower simultaneously and was misidentified by Christenson as L apoda in 2001." I. Jimenez 2015


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 677 Bennett & Christenson 2001 as L apoda drawing fide; * Lankesteriana 15: 190 I Jimenez 2015 drawing/photo fide,