Lepanthopsis culiculosa Luer 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Lepanthopsis Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Mosquito Lepanthopsis [refers to the flower size]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia at elevations around 2000 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with an erect, slender, occasionally proliferating another ramicaul enveloped by 3 to 6, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a filiform, subdense, distichous, .8 to 2.2" [2 to 5.5 cm] long, simultaneously several to many flowered inflorescence arising near the apex of the ramicaul.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIII Luer 1984 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide