Lepanthopsis vinacea C.Schweinf. 1958 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Lepanthopsis

Leaf and Flowers

Photos by Marni Turkel


Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Wine-Red Lepanthopsis

Flower Size .1" [2 mm]

Found from Venezuela and Ecuador at elevations of 1500 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 9 lepanthiform sheaths with ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erct, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, gradually cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a congested, simultaneously many flowered, racemose, 2 ranked, 3.2" [8 cm] long including the .6 to 1.4" [1.5 to 3.5 cm] long peduncle, inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Recognized by the small to medium sized habit, congested racemes of numerous, purplish flowers in two opposing ranks about twice as long as the leaf, shortly acuminate, narrowly obtuse sepals, short, obtuse petals and an obtuse, broadly cordate lip." Luer 1991


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 2 Foldats 1970 drawing hmm; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum VIII Systematics of Lepanthopsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer 1991 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo ok; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide