Sarcoglottis sceptrodes (Rchb. f.) Schltr. 1920

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Flower Closeup Photo by © Byron Rinke

Side View of Flowers

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Common Name or Meaning The The Sceptre-Like Sarcoglottis

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found from Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama in lower rainforests at elevations of sealevel to 1000 meters as a large sized, hot growing terrestrial or pseudo-lithophyte on rocks in soil deposits above streams with a basal rosette of, fasciculate, glabrous below and pubescent above, long-petiolate leaves that blooms in the winter and early spring on a loosely several flowered inflorescence with acuminate floral bracts

Synonyms Gyrostachys sceptrodes (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Sarcoglottis hunteriana Schltr. 1922; Sarcoglottis powellii Schltr. 1922; Sarcoglottis purpusiorum Schltr. 1925; Sarcoglottis sceptrodes (Rchb. f.) Schltr.1920; *Spiranthes sceptrodes Rchb. f. 1855

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR; Bonplandia 3(15/16): 214. 1855 as Spiranthes sceptrodes; Revis. Gen. Pl. 664. 1891 as Gyrostachys sceptrodes; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 13. Panama Schlechter 1922 a S hunteriana; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 14. Panama Schlechter 1922 a S powellii; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1152 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; ORQUIDEA (Méx. ) 10 (1) ABRIL 1986 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo good; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 as S hunteriana drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #5 2010 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 83 #1 2013 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide