Scaphosepalum decorum Luer & R. Escobar 1982 SECTION Distichium Luer 1988

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Flower Closeup

Photo by Eric Hunt

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Graceful Scaphosepalum

Flower Size 2.5" {5.5 cm]

Found in Cauca department of southern Colombia as a small sized, caespitose, cool growing epiphyte at elevations around 1800 meters with an erect, slender ramicaul with 1 to 2 basal tubular sheaths and a larger one above carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, long-petiolate, elliptical, acute leaf that is cuneate below to the conduplicate petiole that blooms from high on the ramicaul in the fall on an erect, racemose, subcongested, distichous, successively many flowered, to 16" [to 40 cm] long inflorescence with several conspicuos, oblong triangular, oblique, conduplicate floral bracts with large flowers held at mid-leaf.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 15 #2-3 1982 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol V Systematics of Dresslerella and Scaphosepalum Luer 1988 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 3 1995 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #11 2012 photo fide