Sarcoglottis cerina (Lindl.) P. N. Don 1845 Photo by © Maria Teresa Diaz Colocho



Plant in situ Mexico striped leaves Photos by © A L de Macvean and The Arboretum de la Universidad Francisco Marroquin Website >

Plant in situ Mexico silver spotted leaves Photo by © Clarence Horich

Part Shade Warm to Cool

Common Name The Waxy Colored Sarcoglottis

Flower Size

Found in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador at elevations around 1000 to 1500 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with a rosette of elliptic, acute, basally clasping silver spotted or striped leaves that are not present at blooming on a terminal, erect, 12" [30 cm] long, rachis 8" [20 cm] long, pubescentseveral to many flowered inflorescence

CAUTION I have no way of verifying this determination so please use with caution. The description says silver spotted leaves, these certainly are not, but being as the orchid never has leaves in bloom it is most likely that the flower photos are correct.

Synonyms Pelexia cerina (Lindl.) Garay 1980 publ. 1982; *Spiranthes cerina Lindl. 1842; Zhukowskia cerina (Lindl.) Szlach., R.González & Rutk. 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol II Hamer 1974 as Spiranthes cerina drawing ok; Orquideologia Vol 17 #3 1988 photo plant only;