Lepanthes cucullata Luer & R.Escobar 1994 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

Side View of Flower

Plant and Flower

Photos by © Sebastian Moreno and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Typical flower not open well?

Photo by © Sebastian Viera

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Deep Shade Cold LATER Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Cucullate Lepanthes [refers to the shape of the dorsal sepal]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Norte de Santander and Narino departments of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2850 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 6, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, broadly elliptical to subcircular, obtuse, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a loose, distichous, 1 to 1.4" [2.5 to 3.2 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with echinate floral bracts and carrying purple, cleistogamus flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología Vol 19 #2 pg 84-90. Luer & Escobar 1994 Drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;