Schoenorchis nivea (Lindl.) Schltr. 1913

Drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Partial shade Hot Warm Summer EARLIER Partial shade

Common Name The Snow White Schoenorchis

Flower Size .08 [2 mm]

Found in Sri Lanka in tropical wet evergreen forests at elevations of 300 to 950 meters as a miniature sized hot to warm growing epiphyte with a spreading, flexuous stem carrying linear to linear-falcate, acute, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the summer and earlier fall on axillary, erect-spreading, paniculate, 4.8 [12 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with inute, triangular-ovate, acuminate, acute, green, papillate, single veined floral bracts and carrying minute white flowers.

Synonyms Gastrochilus niveus (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; *Saccolabium niveum Lindl. 1833

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Opera Botanica #95 Seidenfaden 1988 drawing/photo fide;