Lepanthes ringens Luer & R.Vásquez 1992 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

Photo by © Carlo Balistrieri

TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name The Gaping Lepanthes [refers to the lip appearance]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia in forest remnants at elevations around 1150 to 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 8, long-pubescent lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on a filiform, subdense, 1.4" [3.5 cm] long including the .4” [1 cm] long peduncle, successively several flowered inflorescence.

Part of the group of species related to L complicata by the outer margins of the lateral sepals that are involute to expose the muriculate exterior. The majority of these are from Bolivia and are L ciliolata, L complicata, L crista-piscis, L echnida, L panisca, L pileata, L ptyxis, L ringens.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 7: 118 Luer 1992; Drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 62 #2 1998 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Lepanthes of Bolivia; Systematics of Octomeria Luer 2010 drawing fide;