Sarcoglottis pauciflora (Kuntze) Schltr. 1920

Plant in situ in Mexico

Photo courtesy of Eduoard Faria

Fragrance Part Shade WarmCool Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Few Flowered Sarcoglottis

Flower Size 1 to 1.2” [2.5 to 3 cm] long

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras at elevations around 1300 to 2100 meters on hillsides, grassy openings in montane oak/pine forests as a medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with a stout, short stem with no leaves at flowering, with several, basal, petiolate, elliptic to ovate-elliptic, acute leaves that blooms with out leaves in the fall on a loosely few flowered, to 6" [15 cm] long racemose inflorescence with scarious, elliptic-lacneolate, long pointed floral bracts and flowers that smell strongly of lemon.

Synonyms *Gyrostachys pauciflora Kuntze 1891; Sarcoglottis corymbosa Garay 1980 publ. 1982; Spiranthes pauciflora A.Rich. & Galeotti 1845; Spiranthes spanantha McVaugh 1985

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Las Orquideas De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 as Spiranthes pauciflora drawing/photo fide; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Flora Novo-Galiciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985 as Spiranthes spanantha; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 as Sarcoglottis corymbosa photo fide; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Mexico Hagsater 2005; The Orchids Of Mexico Digital Catalog Hagsater 2007; Revista Guatemalensis #1 2012 drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018;