Sauroglossum sp Photo by © Dalton Holland Baptista

Plant in situ, La Caraça, Minas Gerais 1100 meters

Plant in situ, La Caraça, Minas Gerais 1100 meters Photos by © Jay Pfahl

Common Name The ? Sauroglossum

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Minas Gerais, Brasil at elevations around 1200 to 2400 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial found in leaf litter under bushes and trees with a short stem carrying 2 to 3, elliptic, acute, narrowing below into the elongate petiolate base leaf in a basal rosette that blooms at most any time of the year on an erect, to 2' [to 60 cm] long, loose, inflorescence with many flowers.

CAUTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For years this species has been assumed to be Sauroglossum nitidum but that species TYPE and basionym is Serapias nitida Velloza as illustrated here which has been moved to the genus Buchtienia thereby becoming Buchtienia nitida, so the species photo above at this time is without a name as far as I can tell.

Synonyms THESE Synonyms no longer apply to the photo above!!!!!!!! Sauroglossum elatum Lindl. 1830; *Serapias nitida described by Velloso (Vellozo) bet.1827-1835; Spiranthes nitida (Vell.) Cogn. 1895;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Illustrations Hoehne 1945 drawing not = S elatum; Icongoraphia de Orchidaceae do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing not = S elatum; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 6 321 - 384 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 photo fide