Scaphosepalum ovulare Luer 1976 SECTION Leiocaulium Luer 1988

Front View


Plant and Flowers

Photo by © Milan Vágner


Common Name The Egg-Like Scaphosepalum [Refers to the flower shape]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found only in Ecuador at elevations of 600 to 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte to terrestrial with, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute leaf that is cuneate to the slender, long petiole that can bloom at any time of the year on a low on the ramicaul, ascending to descending, congested, distichous, .75 to 1.5" [2 to 4 cm] long, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence with small, thin floral bracts.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; 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; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 3 1995 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #11 2012 photo fide