Lepanthes niphas Luer & R.Escobar 1991

SUBGENUS Marsipanthes SECTION Marisipanthes Photo by Ecuagenera Ecuador OrchidWebsite

Common Name The Snowflake Lepanthes [refers to the tiny crystaline white flowers]

Flower Size .16" [4mm]

Found in Antioquia and Risaralda Colombia at elevations around 2100 as a mini-miniature sized cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 8 microscopically cilate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single apical erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolalte base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect,congested, distichous, .8 to 1.4" [2 to 3.5 cm] long including the .2 to .8" [5 to 20 mm] long peduncle, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and has spiculate floral bracts

CAUTION I have no way of verifying this determination so plese use with caution


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;