Scaphosepalum lima (F. Lehm. & Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1920 SECTION Scaphosepalum

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Flower

Photo by Egon Krogsgaard


Common Name The File Shaped Scaphosepalum [refers to the rasp like peduncles]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Antioquia departmenet of Colombia at elevations of 1800 to 2500 meters as a miniature Sized cool to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute leaf that gradually narrows into the slender, channeled petiole and blooms on a loose, flexuous, successively many flowered, to 6" [15 cm] long, inflorescence with ovate, conduplicate, verrucose floral bracts that arises from low on the ramicaul and holds the single flower well above the leaf.

Synonyms *Masdevallia lima F. Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; 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; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 1 2000 photo;