Lepanthes frigida Luer 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

Photo by Marco F Monteros and The I Naturalist Website

TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name The Cold Lepanthes [refers to its habitat]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Bolivar province of Ecuador on the western slopes of the Andes at elevations around 2650 to 3600 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, relatively stout ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 10, close lepanthiform sheaths with oblique ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring through summer on 2 to 3, slender, loose, distichous, to 3.6" [9 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.

Similar to L jamesonii but L frigida has denticulate sepals and to L monoptera but it has narrower, completely developed blades of the lip without incurved apices.

Synonyms Lepanthes sucula Luer & Hirtz 1992

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Phytologia 55: 185. Luer & Vasquez 1984; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide