Lepanthes frigida Luer 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves SERIES Breves Luer 1993 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 west central 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 incurves apices.

Synonyms Lepanthes sucula Luer & Hirtz 1992

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide