Lepanthes cirrata Luer & Hirtz 2009 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Full Shade Warm LATE Summer EARLYFall

Common Name The Tendril-Like Lepanthes [refers to the slender, twisted tip of the leaf]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Imbabura province of Ecuador at lower elevations as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with suberect to drooping, very slender ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 12, close-fitting, glabrous, lepanthiform sheaths with microscopically ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, thinly coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse and contracted into a slender, twisted segment, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a filiform, congested, distichous, .6 to .68" [1.5 to 1.7 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;