Lepanthopsis constanzensis (Cogn.) Garay 1953 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Fractipectin Photo courtesy of Eladio Fernandez

Flower Closeup Photo by Ron Hanko.


Common Name The Costanza Lepanthopsis [A town in west central Dominican Republic]

Flower Size 1/10th" [2.5 mm]

Endemic to the Dominican Republic in seasonally moist forests at elvations of 1400 to 1760 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 4 to 7 lepanthiform, shortly ciliate sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic to broadly elliptic, minutely denticulate margined leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a loose, distichous, flexuous, successively many flowered with at most 3 at any one time, to 1 3/4" [4.5 cm] long inflorescence arising from the near the apex of the ramicaul. The elongate, fractiflex inflorescence as well as the rounded collar-like lip with a pair of rounded calli are diagnostic for this species.

Synonyms *Pleurothallis constanzensis Cogn. 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Pleurothallis constanzensis; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Lepanthospsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Vol 8 1991 Drawing fide