Lepanthes cyrtostele Luer & Hirtz 1998 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996


Photos by Andreas Kaye and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

Side View of Lip and Column

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Webpage

Cold Winter Summer

Common Name The Bent Column Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia and Carchi and Imbabura provinces of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 3000 to 3300 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 14, grey, ribbed, lepanthiform sheaths with oblique non-dilated ostia and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter through summer on a slender, sublax, racemose, distichous, to 3.4" [8.5 cm] long, successively 2, many flowered inflorescence arising behind the leaf with narrowly infunbibular floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the pale, non-dilated, ribbed, lepanthiform sheaths that cover a tall ramicaul, narrowly elliptical-ovate leaves and a successively flowered inflorescence that eventually approaches the length of the leaves. The sepals are acute and minutely denticulate, the laterals are single veined. The lobes of the transverse petals are triangular and obtuse. The protruding column is arcuate and covered by narrow long-ciliate blades of the lip." Luer 1998


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis Subgenera Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera, Talpinaria Luer 1998 drawing fide;

Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;

Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide;

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