Scaphosepalum globosum Luer & Hirtz 1998 SECTION Leiocaulium Luer 1988

Photo by Wiel Driessen and his Orchid Photos Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Globe Shaped Scaphosepalum [refers to the cushions of the lateral sepals]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Morona Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 1750 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender, ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneatte below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract below the middle, smooth, suberect to descending, 2" [5 cm] long, subcongested, distichous, successively several flowered inflorescence with a tubular, longer than the pedicel floral bract.

"This species was first treated as a geographical version of S odontochilum in Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol V Systematics of Dresslerella and Scaphosepalum Luer 1988 pg 79. Although closely allied the collection from the lowlands of southeastern Ecuador differs significantly form S odontochilum from higher elevations of Colombia. The flowers are only half the size. The thick, cushion-like dorsal sepals recurves to expose the ovoid cushions of the convex, lateral sepals that are also with recurved apiculate apices. The entrance into the interior of the flower is consequntially constricted." Luer 1998

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol V Systematics of Dresslerella and Scaphosepalum Luer 1988 as S odontochilum Pg 79 drawing fide; * Icones Pleurothillidinarum Vol 17 Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera pg 114 Luer 1998 drawing fide;

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