Scaphosepalum bicolor Luer & R.Escobar 1981 SECTION Leiocaulium Luer 1988

Plant and Flower

Photos by James E McCulloch


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Two Colored Scaphosepalum

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Choco' department of Colombia at lower elevations as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with erect to suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the channeled, petiolate base leaf that blooms on a congested, slendre, smooth, horizontal to descending, 5.2" [13 cm] long, successively several flowered, racmose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with thin floral bracts.

"Similar to Scaphosepalum anchoriferum but distinguished by the somewhat smaller habit, unspotted purple flowers with large, orange cushions and short, broad, obtuse petals." Luer 1988


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 14 #2 Luer & Escobar 1981 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol V Systematics of Dresslerella and Scaphosepalum Luer 1988 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide