Lepanthes nivea Luer 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Photo by Carlo Balistrieri

Another Flower Photo by Alexander Hirtz

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


Common Name The Snow White Lepanthes [refers to the flower color]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 2600 to 2800 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, suberect to horizontal ramicaul enveloped by 12 to 17, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, purple beneath oblong-ovate, acuminate to acute, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a filiform, congested, subsecund, 2.4" [6 cm] long, successively flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 62 #2 1998 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Luer 1998 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide