Lepanthopsis culiculosa Luer 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthopsis SECTION Lepanthopsis 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 2001 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide