Scaphosepalum antenniferum Rolfe 1890 SECTION Scaphosepalum

Photo by Andreas Philipp


Photo by Eric Hunt

Another Flower color

Photo by Rodrigo Escobar

Common Name The Antenna-Bearing Scaphosepalum [Refering to the sepaline tails]

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador, Colombia and Peru as a small sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte or lithophyte in damp lower reaches of the cloud forest and in wet montane forests that occurs at elevations of 1500 to 2550 meters with short ramicauls subtended by a scarious, semi-inflated basal bract with a single, apical, elliptic-spatulate, long petiole, obtuse leaf and blooms on a lateral, erect, verrucose, 18" [45 cm] long, laxly racemose inflorescence with several distant, tubular, appressed bracts and variable sized floral bracts and simultaneously opening flowers held well above the leaf and occuring in the spring.

Synonyms Scaphosepalum reversum Kraenzl. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR as S reversum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 17: 436. 1921 as S reversum; Rudolf Schlecheter Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 8 449 - 512 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1976; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol V Systematics of Dresslerella and Scaphosepalum Luer 1988 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 176 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 3 1995 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #11 2012 photo fide

Scaphosepalum antenniferum Rolfe 1890 var xanthinaSECTION Scaphosepalum

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, Plant grown by Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens.

Another Flower Angle

A yellow form of the previous species.