Lepanthopsis ubangii Luer 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Lepanthopsis

Another Inflorescence

Photos by Ecuagenera and Their Ecuadorian Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Ubangi Lepanthopsis [refers to the plate-like lip reminiscent of the practice of the Ubangi tribe in Africa]

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in southern Ecuador at elevations of 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 7, blackish, minutely ciliate-scabrous, leapanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a congested, simultaneously several flowered, .8" [2 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, 2 ranked inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Similar to Lepanthopsis abbreviata Luer & Hirtz 1991 but L ubangii differs in the proportionally large, round lip that is nearly as large as the round synsepal behind it. The disc of the lip bears a bifid callus at the base, concave between the branches of the callus." Luer 1991


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum VIII Systematics of Lepanthopsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer 1991 drawing/photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide