Lepanthopsis microlepanthes [Griseb.] Ames 1933 SUBGENUS Microlepanthes

Photo by Julio Larramendi


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

Common Name The Minute Lepanthes-Like Lepanthopsis

Flower Size .04" [1 mm]

Found in Cuba and Jamaica at elevations of 650 to 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with erect slender, ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptic, obtuse to rounded, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a congested, filiform, .2" [5 mm] long including the .08 to .16" [2 to 4 mm] long peduncle, successively single few flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

Synonyms Humboltia microlepanthes (Griseb.) Kuntze 1891; Lepanthes leonii C.Schweinf. 1946; *Pleurothallis microlepanthes Griseb. 1864; Trichosalpinx microlepanthes (Griseb.) Luer 1986

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Catologo Descriptivo de Las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna 1987 as Pleurothallis microlepanthes; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Lepanthospsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Vol 8 1991 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005 photo fide;