Sarcoglottis smithii (Rchb.f.) Schltr.1920

Plant and Flowers Photos by The Species Identification Task Force Website

Another Flower????? Photo by Mark Whitten and Meyers Conservancy Flasking home page Website

Plant in situ Nicaragua

Photo by Nicaragua Foto Revista Website

Drawing Drawing by Fritz Hamer

Drawing Drawing by Szlatchetko

Full Shade Warm LATEWinter

Common Name Smith's Sarcoglottis

Flower Size .5" [1 cm]

Found in Nicaragua and Costa Rica in shady tropical forests at elevations of 1100 to 1200 meters as a small sized, warm growing terrestrial with several, basal, oblanceolate, undulate margins, acute, pale green with white blotches or spots, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late winter on an erect, [22 cm] long, to 8 flowered inflorescence enveloped by green gray bracts and has lanceolate, greyish white, glabrous floral bracts.

CAUTION!!!!!!!! The photos by SITF above are basically correct to the flower drawing by Hamer but the photos do not match the written color descriptions of the plant stem sheaths which are gray and the flowers that are intense yellow and the floral bracts are described as glabrous and grey white. The photo by Whitten is basically similar to the drawing by Szatchetko but differs in the pubescence on the ovary and sepals. The plant photo by the Nicaragua Foto Revista Website appear to be correct to Hamer's descrition. Szlatchetko's drawaing does not depict the plant or inflorescence. Therefore please use caution with any of these determinations other than the leaves of the plant photo. I do not have access to Rchb.f's original description or any drawings that he may have made to make a personal determination!

Synonyms Gyrostachys smithii (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Pelexia smithii (Rchb.f.) Garay 1980 publ. 1982; Sarcoglottis bradei (Schltr.) Schltr. 1920; Sarcoglottis valida Ames 1923; Spiranthes bradei Schltr. 1918; *Spiranthes smithii Rchb.f. 1868; Spiranthes valida (Ames) L.O.Williams 1968; Zhukowskia smithii (Rchb.f.) Szlach., R.González & Rutk 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list ,IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1073 Hamer 1984 as Pelexia smithii drawing ok to the SITF photos; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001 as Zhukowskia smithii drawing fide to the Drawing by Szlachetko; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;