Sarcoglottis maroaensis G.A.Romero & Carnevali 2010

Photos by © G Romero.


Common Name The Maroa Sarcoglottis [A town in Amazonas Venezuela]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Amazonas Venezuela at elevations around 100 meters as a small sized, hot growing terrestrial with a basal rosette of 3 to 6, dark brown above with dark green and lighter red spots, light reddish brown beneath, with a prominent, reddish central nerve and 2 flat reddish nerves on each side, elliptic-lanceoalte to oblanceolate, acute, attenuate, narrowing below into the reddish petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, peduncle 8" [20 cm] long, provided with 4 reddish, shorter than the internodes, acute herbaceous, glandular bracts, rachis erect, reddish, glandular, 5.6 to 6" [14 to 15 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence with reddish, lanceolate, acute, herbaceous, glandualr shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying erect flowers

"In shape and size of labellum it is similar to S. metallica but the new species differs in the cream flowers with dark reddish veins in the sepals, petals, and labellum, and the leaves of different color. In flower color it is similar to S. ventricosa (Vell.) Hoehne (synonym: S. rufescens Klotzsch) but the inflorescence of S. maroaŽnsis is more lax and not lanate, the flowers are smaller, and lateral sepals and labellum are different." Ormerod & Romero 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Lankestriana 9(3): 514 Romero & Ormerod 2010 Drawing fide