Lepanthes cissyana S.Vieira-Uribe & J.S.Moreno 2019 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Lip detail, Arrows point at the two the two appendices

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Juan Sebastian Moreno/Photo By Sebastian Viera and their and his Research Gate Webpage

Common Name Cissy's Lepanthes [Mrs Mtchell, wife of John Mitchell who donated money to buy lands where this species is found current]

Flower Size .26" [6.4 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations of 2000 to 2200 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, suberect to horizontal ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 13 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a green blade with the veins suffused with purple abaxially, suberect, lanceolate, thinly coriaceous, rugose between veins on the abaxial surface, the apex attenuate and tridentate, rounded below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a congested, distichous raceme shorter than the leaf, borne on the abaxial surface of the leaf, peduncle filiform, terete, up to 1.08" [2.7 cm] long, up to 1.52" [3.8 cm] long overall, rachis [1.1 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Similar to L ballatrix, but L cissyana is easily distinguished by the petals retuse between the two triangular lobes, and by the lip with the elliptical, oblique blades with truncate apices and with two appendices in the sinus. Also similar to L chrysina, L cingens, and L membranacea.

It is found in conjunction with L. agglutinata Luer, L. janitor Luer & R.Escobar, L. myoxophora Luer & R.Escobar, L. sabinadaleyana J.S.Moreno & S.Vieira-Uribe, L. skeleton Luer & R.Escobar and L. stelidilabia Luer & R.Escobar among others.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* LANKESTERIANA 19(2). J.S.Moreno & S.Vieira-Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;

Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 photo fide;