Lepanthopsis apoda (Garay & Dunst.) Luer 1982 SUBGENUS Microlepanthes

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Common Name The Footless Lepanthopsis [refers to the lack of a column foot]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1400 to 3300 meters as as mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with erect to suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5, close fitting, minutely scabrous-apiculate, ribbed, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, more or less suffused with purple on veins and margins, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a very short, single, successive flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

Synonyms Expedicula apoda (Garay & Dunst.) Luer 2005; *Pleurothallis apoda Garay & Dunst. 1965; Trichosalpinx apoda (Garay & Dunst.) Luer 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 as Pleurothallis apoda drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 2 Foldats 1970 as Pleurothallis apoda drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Pleurothallis apoda drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 16 No 1 1983; Icones Pleurothallidinarum—VIII. Systematics of Lepanthopsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Restrepiopsis, Salpistele, and Teagueia.Luer 1991; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 677 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fideOrquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo okish; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Expedicula apoda; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide as Trichosalpinx apoda; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing/photo fide;Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;