Lepanthopsis pristis Luer & R. Escobar 1986 SECTION Lepanthopsis

Photo by Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Sawfish Lepanthopsis [refers to the appearance of the inflorescence]

Flower Size 1/16" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 1650 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 6 to 9 lepanthiform sheaths with microscopically scabrous ribs and coarsly siliate ostia margins and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and early summer on a dense, simultaneoulsy opening many flowered, 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long including the 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long peduncle, racemose inflorescence arising from the apex of the ramicaul and holding the flowers in two opposing ranks.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquiedeologia Vol 16 #3 1986 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Lepanthospsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Vol 8 1991 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #2 2002 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo hmm;