Lepanthes cingens Luer & R. Escobar 1994 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo/ Rodrigo Escobar/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Leaf and flower

Photo by Eric Hunt

Common Name The Enveloping Lepanthes [refers to the lip that envelops the column and appendix]

Flower Size .2" [.5 cm]

Found in Antioquia, Choco and Risaralda departments of Colombia on the western cordillera in cloud forests as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte at elevations of 2100 to 2400 meters with an erect ramicaul enveloped by 13 to 16, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, abruptly narrows below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on more than one, erect, filiform, congested, distichous, 1.6 to 2.8" [4 to 7 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the back side of the leaf.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 19 #2 Luer & Escobar 1994 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 #1043 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 Luer drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;