Lepanthes cymbium Luer & R. Escobar 1994 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another View

TYPE Photo by Rodrigo Escobar

Another Flower

Another View

Another Flower

Photos by Arturo Carrilo

TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Full shadeColdSpringSummer LATE

Common Name The Little Bowl Lepanthes [refers to the cupped flowers]

Flower Size 3/8" [8 mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in dwarf cloud forests at elevations of 2600 to 3200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5, hairy, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, lens-shaped, acute, narrowing below into the base leaf and blooms in the late fall on a subdense, distichous, 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, successively single, many flowered, racemose inflorescence with echinate floral bracts and holding the flower well above the leaf.

There has been some confusion with the use of Dr Luer's photo above for L janus in several publications plus W3 Tropicos below. The photo is L cymbium as per Lisa Thoerle and matches the plant that Lisa and I saw together in Colombia 6/09.

Similar to L agatarum, L chelonion but it has a deeply concave synsepal at the base with long apices and revolute margins, L calocodon, L cloesii, and L nautilaus.


References W3 Tropicos - wrong photo [it is of L janus] right drawing, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Orchids of Colombia Vol 5 Luer 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 Luer drawing/photo fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;

This one is absolutely correct.