Scaphosepalum beluosum Luer 1979 SECTION Leiocaulium Luer 1988

Another Color Variation

Photo by Eric Hunt

Side View of Flower

Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

Another Flower

Photo by Patricia Harding

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Monsterous Flower Scaphosepalum

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Ecuador on the western slopes of the Andes at elevations af 1500 to 2200 meters in cloud forests as a small sized, robust, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths with a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, long-petiolate, elliptical, subacute leaf that is cuneate below to the slender channeled petiole that blooms in the fall through early spring on a loose, distichous, 2 to 6" [5 to 15 cm] long, successively several to many flowered, racemose inflorescence holding the flowers beneath the leaf and with 2 simultaneous opening flowers at a time.

"Characterized by the long, slender petioles bearing large, broad but thin elliptical blades and a suberect to horizontal peduncle usually bearing 2 relatively large, beastlike, simultaneous flowers. The light yellowish brown flowers with purple brown spots are provided wit erose carinae and short tails." Luer 1988

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Selbyana 5: 188 Luer 1979 ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol V Systematics of Dresslerella and Scaphosepalum Luer 1988 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #9 2011 photo fide; LANKESTERIANA 17(2): 305-310 Baquero 2017 photo fide