Scaphosepalum andreettae Luer 1985 SECTION Leiocaulium Luer 1988

Photo by Eric Hunt

Plant and Flowers

Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Andreetta's Scaphosepalum [Padre in Ecuador who codiscovered specis]

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador as a mini-miniature, caespitose, cool growing epiphyte in cloud forests at elevations of 1000 to 1400 meters with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths with a single, apical, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subactue to obtuse leaf that is cuneate below to the slender petiole that blooms in the spring on an erect, 2.8" [7cm] long, loosely succeessively flowered, racemose inflorescence with thin tubular floral bracts, holding the flowers just above the leaves.

This species is distinguished from others by it's small plant habit, little flowers with a tailless middle sepal, little oval, hairy cushions within the underside of the lateral sepals which do not fill the entire space, leaving a distinct open margin all around and petals with transverse obtuse apices.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol V Systematics of Dresslerella and Scaphosepalum Luer 1988 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 3 1995 photo; fide Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol76 #2 2012 photo fide;