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

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Flower

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 in Cotopaxi, Pichincha and Bolivar provinces of west central Ecuador at elevations around 3300 to 3500 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing, densely caespitose 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, arising through a broad spathe from an annulus below the abscission layer, 10 to 14" [25 to 35 cm] long including the 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] long, peduncle, subdensely simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with infundibular, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Characterized by the shortly petiolate leaf and a few erect, secund, densely many flowered inflorescence mush longer than the leaf nand subtended by a conspicuous spathe. The snow white sepals are densely pubescent within, the petals are obtuse and 3 veined and the lip is 3 lobed, the anterior lobe triangular, the lateral lobes rounded and erect and the disc deeply cleft." Luer 1998

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 Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis SUBGEN Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis SUBGEN Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998 drawing fide;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:264 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 as as Stelis nivalis;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004 as Crocodeilanthe nivalis

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