Lepanthopsis hirtzii Luer 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Lepanthopsis

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Common Name Hirtz's Lepanthopsis [German Engineer, Orchid Enthusiast and Orchid Collector in Ecuador current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Colombia and southern Ecuador at elevations of 1600 to 2700 meters as as mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6, coarsly ciliate leapanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a dense, simulataneously many flowered, 1.5" [3.75 cm] long, 2 ranked inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum—VIII. Systematics of Lepanthopsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Restrepiopsis, Salpistele, and Teagueia.Luer 1991 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 11 1993 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide;Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;