Lepanthes candida Endres ex Luer 1995

Photo by Wiel Driessen and his Flicker Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade Warm Cool Spring

Common Name The White Lepanthes [refers to the sepals color]

Flower Size

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in premontane rain forest to cloud forest and disturbed primary forests at elevations of 800 to 1800 as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 4 to 5 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single apical, ovate, obtuse, abruptly narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a very short, peduncle .12" to .4" [.3 to 1 cm] long, successively single few flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION!! The TYPE Drawing above by Carl Luer is absolutely correct, the photos is what people believe in Costa Rica is the real L candida which may be a variable shaped flower. The Type is absolutely correct.

Synonyms .15" [3mm]

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;