Sarcoglottis sceptrodes (Rchb. f.) Schltr. 1920

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Flower Closeup Photo by Byron Rinke

Side View of Flowers Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website


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; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide