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Lepanthopsis other than astrophora

Discussion in 'Wanted' started by Tired, Jan 24, 2022.

  1. Tired

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    I already have Lepanthopsis astrophora, and I love it. I see online that there are other Lepanthopsis species in existence, and I'd like to buy some of those, if there are ones that like similar conditions to astrophora. Does anyone (other than Ecuagenera) have any? I don't much fancy the chances of a moisture-loving micro-mini being shipped between countries.

    I'm in the US, and will take suggestions of either commercial sellers or other hobbyists. I'd also appreciate any sort of general culture information anyone might have on Lepanthopsis species; I assume they probably want relatively similar care to astrophora, but I know there can be some pretty extensive variation even between plants in the same genus. Though Lepanthopsis doesn't seem to be anywhere near as variable, either in shape or in needs, as, say, Bulbophyllum.
     
  2. Piranhacon

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    Other Lepanthopsis species are not commonly grown or sold.

    I used to have a Lepanthopsis vinacea from Lynn's Pleurothallids. I think Lynn O'Shaughnessy doesn't sell orchids anymore though. Her website, Lynn's Pleurothallids has not been up for years.

    I think Marni might have Lepanthopsis vinacea, check with her.

    Ecuagenera is your best bet for a variety of these. Maybe Peruflora.

    Care is the same as Lepanthopsis astrophora. Individual flowers of Lepanthopsis vinacea aren't as exciting to look at, but with several flower stalks full of flowers, they're nice.
     
  3. Marni

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    I have quite a few Lepanthopsis, but I only sell plants on ebay. I don't take orders, instead I list plants when I have time and have something that looks good. My user name is mostlyspecies if you want to check it out.

    Have you checked Tarzane Group. I know lots of people how order from them and are very happy. They have lots of miniatures. You might try Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens. Some of the other South American vendors have them at times. If you buy them at a show or pick up an order in person, you can see there condition. Most of them will give credit for non-viable plants that are shipped.
     
  4. Alex Shepack

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    I second what Marni said!
    Tarzane Group occasionally has different species.
    Your best bet for diversity would be a South American vendor like Ecuagenera. You can pretty easily find Lepanthopsis acetabulum and L. ubangii. A few others show up as well (like L. acuminata).
     
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    Tarzane doesn't have Lepanthopsis for sale right now, but they do occasionally pop up.
     
  6. Tired

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    Marni, good to know; I've set up an alert on the eBay app so it will text me if someone posts any listings with "Lepanthopsis" in the title.

    Tarzane is where I got my Lepanthopsis astrophora. I've ordered from them several times and been very happy every time. Lovely, healthy plants. The single issue I've had, ever, was that one plant was rather close to a heat pack one time, and lost some leaves to drying out. Didn't kill it or badly harm it, just made it look a little sad for a week. Everything else has been completely healthy, some of them even with flower spikes.

    Ecuagenera is going to be at a show near me in April. I may have to take advantage of that.
     
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    I will have Lepanthopsis acetabulum available this Spring. They are in compots now. I also sell on Ebay under the username indyflora.
     
  8. Tired

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    Oh, that one's very cute! There seem to be at least a couple of Lepanthopsis species that have neat rows of flowers on either side of the flower spike, perfectly aligned with each other like that. L. hirtzii does something similar.

    If the listing title contains "Lepanthopsis", I should be notified when it goes up.
     
  9. Raven

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    Also, give a call to Andy’s Orchids. They might have a few species not listed on the website.
     
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    I should do that. I'm planning on a trip out to San Diego to go to the zoo and aquarium, once Covid dies down more, and Andy's Orchids is fairly close to there. I'm trying to save some space for that trip, so I can pick up a couple of nice things in person.
     
  11. Alex Shepack

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    You definitely should! He is usually open for pre-arranged visits, or you can go during one of the open houses -the next is in March (and concurrent with the San Diego Orchid Show). I'll be working at that open house.
    I know he has Lepanthopsis rinkei, and believe he probably has some for sale. I can't quite remember others that he has available.
     
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