Lepanthes cyclochila Luer & R.Escobar ex Viveros & W.E.Higgins 2007 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

This is also L cyclochila

Photos by © Jean Marc Palandre and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Cold Winter

Common Name The Circular Lip Lepanthes

Flower Size .08" [2mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a dense, to .48 to .52" [1.2 to 1.3 cm] long including the .2 to .24" [5 to 6 mm] long peduncle, successively several flowered inflorescence arising from behind the leaf.

L cyclochila is related to L alcicornis and L culex but is distinguished by the transversely oblong petals with the upper lobe obliquely truncate and the lower lobe bifurcate as well as the suborbicular lip" Luer & Escobar 1994


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideología Vol 19 #2 pg 90-93 Luer & R.Escobar 1994 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; *Selbyana 28: 34. Viveros & W.E.Higgins 2007; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 Luer drawing fide;Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;