Scaphosepalum clavellatum Luer 1976 SECTION Distichium Luer 1988

Another Angle

Photos by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website


Plant and Flowers

Photos by Walter Schug and His MesoAmerican Orchid Page

Another Flower

Photos by Patricia Harding

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Nail-Like Scaphosepalum

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found from Costa Rica south to Panama and then in Ecuador only at elevations of 750 to 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a singler, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute leaf that narrows gradually below into the slender petiole and blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a congested, distichous, slender, smooth, ascending to descending, 8" [20 cm] long, successively several flowered, racemose inflorescence with one or 2 flowers open at any one time, arising from low on the ramicaul and having, triangular, acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol V Systematics of Dresslerella and Scaphosepalum Luer 1988 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1581 Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #11 2012 photo fide