Lepanthes cercion Luer & R. Escobar 1987 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

TYPE Drawing TYPE Photo by Rodrigo Escobar/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Flower not? Photo by Werner Holzmann

Common Name

Flower Size

Found in Antioquia and Choco' states of Colombia and Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations of 1300 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 8, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic, acute, abruptly narrows below into the base leaf that blooms in the spring on a short, held close to the leaf base, successively single, many flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION!!The flower in the second photo is most likely not L cercion and there are many photos on the net with this similar determination but as far as I can tell none of them are correct.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 # 1021 COS 1995 photo 1st photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing not- L gin-ganii; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo not = L ginganii; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 as L gin-ganii; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 Luer drawing fide;