Scaphyglottis reflexa Lindl. 1839 Photo by Franco Pupulin and The Epidendra Website

Flower and Leaf

Photo courtesy of Gustavo Coral

Plant in situ Alto de la Serra Do Moji Dos Cruzes, Sao Paulo State Brazil 150 meters in Elevation

Photo by Jay Pfahl


Drawing by Pabst

Part sunCool to Hot Fall THROUGH Spring

Common Name The Reflexed Scaphyglottis

Flower Size 1/8" [.6 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Brazil in tropical wet forests at elevations of 220 to 1900 meters as a medium sized, erect then pendant growing, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a single, pointed, terete, elongate leaf and stem carrying a short single flowered inflorescence with the flower held close to the juncture of stem and leaf arising in the fall through spring.

CAUTION This species and Scaphyglottis emarginata have been mixed up since 1877 when Reichenbach described his Hexisea reflexa in error. Garay caught this error in 1967 creating the new epiteth Reichenbachianthus emarginatus. S emarginata only occurs in the Carribrean and in Surinam but has been in literature as occuring in Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia. All these listings really describe this species as Scaphyglottis reflexa Lindl.

Synonyms Hexisea reflexa (Lindl.) Rchb.f. ex Griseb 1864; Reichenbachanthus reflexus (Lindl.) Brade 1935;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR; Edwards's Bot. Reg. 25: misc. 20. 1839 as Scaphyglottis reflexa; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 as Reichenbachanthus reflexus drawing ok; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960 as Hexisea reflexa; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Fractiunguis reflexa; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 7 1966 as Reichenbachanthus reflexus photo fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 as Hexisea reflexa drawing ok; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974 as Reichenbachanthus reflexus drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as Reichenbachianthus emarginata drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 8 449 - 512 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1976; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Reichenbachanthus reflexus drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 277 Dodson 1980 as Reichenbachanthus reflexus drawing ok; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 as Reichenbachanthus reflexus photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II plate 0290 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 as Reichenbachanthus reflexus drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 as Reichenbachianthus reflexus photo fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 3 1990; Native Colombian Orchids VOl 4 COS 1992 asReichenbachanthus reflexus photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 Reichenbachanthus reflexus drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 42/3 2001 Reichenbachanthus reflexus photo fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 as Reichenbachanthus reflexus drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 as Reichenbachanthus reflexus drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004 as Reichenbachanthus reflexus Drawing/photo fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 as Reichenbachanthus reflexus drawing/photo fide;