Lepanthes cingens Luer & R. Escobar 1994 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Photo by Ecuagenera and their Exuadorian Orchid Website

Similar flower not L cingens Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Common Name The Enveloping Lepanthes [refers to the lip that envelops the column and appendix]

Flower Size .2" [.5 cm]

Found in Antioquia, Choco and Risaralda states of Colombia on the western cordillera in cloud forests as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte at elevations of 2100 to 2400 meters with an erect ramicaul enveloped by 13 to 16, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, abruptly narrows below in to the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on more than one, erect, filiform, congested, distichous, 1.6 to 2.8" [4 to 7 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively single many flowered inflorescence arising on the back side of the leaf .

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 #1043 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 Luer drawing fide;

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