Lepanthes cercion Luer & R. Escobar 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

Photo by Rodrigo Escobar/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Flower not?

Photo by Werner Holzmann

Common Name The Little Tail Lepanthes [refers to the sinus]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia and Choco' departments of Colombia and Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations of 1300 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 8, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic, acute, abruptly narrows below into the base leaf that blooms in the spring on a short, held close to the leaf base, successively single, many flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION!! The flower in the second photo is most likely not L cercion and there are many photos on the net with this similar determination but as far as I can tell none of them are correct but Escobars photo is absolutely correct.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 17 #3 pg 158, Luer & Escobar 1988 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 # 1021 COS 1995 photo 1st photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing not = L gin-ganii; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo not = L gin-ganii; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 as L gin-ganii; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 Luer drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing fide/photo ok;