Sarcoglottis metallica (Rolfe) Schltr. 1920

Plant and flowers in situ Fr Guiana

Photos by S Sant and The Inventaire National du Patrimoine Naturel Website


Common Name or Meaning The Metallic Sarcoglottis

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil in evergreen lowlands and lower montane forests at elevations around 100 to 1000 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial often found along roadsides with a basal rosette of large, soft, variegated green with white, deciduous leaves and blooms in the fall in Brazil on an erect, 20" [50 cm] long, many flowered, racemose inflorescence

Synonyms Sarcoglottis maasorum Pabst 1979; *Spiranthes metalica Rolfe 1896

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 1 Foldats 1969 as Spiranthes acaulis drwaing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 3 1980 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 63 #1 1999 photohmm/drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #3 2016 photo good;