Pleurothallis nivalis Luer 1976 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website


Plant and Flower in situ Ecuador Photos by Andreas Kay and hisFlickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name or Meaning The Snow White Pleurothallis [refers to the flowers color]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found west central Ecuador at elevations around 3300 to 3500 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with fasiculate, stout, erect ramicauls enveloped mostly by loose, tubular, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 1 to 4, erect, secund, 10 to 14" [25 to 35 cm] long including the 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] long, peduncle, subdensely simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a broad spathe from an annulus below the abscission layer.

CAUTION The photos provided by Andreas Kay are close but differ mainly in the flower color and the 5 veined dorsal sepal which Luer states is three veined, so please use with caution. The Drawing is correct as far as I know.

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe nivalis (Luer) Luer 2004; Stelis nivalis (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Selbyana 1(4): 420, f. 101. Luer 1976 Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Luer 1998 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Crocodeilanthe nivalis