Lepanthes dicycla Luer & Hirtz 2007 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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

Warm Cool LATERWinter

Common Name The Two Circle Lepanthes [refers to upper lobes of the sepals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 8, lepanthiform sheaths with minutely ciliate ribs and margins and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a filiform, arising on the back or top of the leaf, congested, distichous, 1.04 to 1.2" [2.6 to 3 cm] long, including the .24 to .4" [.6 to 1 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the pair of proportionally large, round upper lobes of the petals that overlap brfore the dorsal sepal. Otherwise the species with congested racemes shorter than an elliptical leaf, small, ovate sepals, ovate blades of the lip and a pubescfent appendix is not remarkable. Similar to L ornithocephala but differs in having obtuse, non-acuminate leaves, semiconnate lateral sepals instead of connate to the tips, circular upper lobes of the petals much larger than the lower lobes and ovate lobes of the lip." Luer 2007


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis of Ecuador Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007drawing fide;