!Scaphosepalum verrucosum (Rchb. f.) Pfitzer 1888 SECTION Scaphosepalum

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Flower Closeup

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Side View of Flower

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Rough Peduncle Scaphosepalum

Flower Size 3/8" [1.5 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela and Guyana at altitudes of 1300 to 3500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold, creeping epiphytic, terrestrial or lithiphytic herb in scrubby vegetation in full sun or shade from with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptic to obovate, sometimes suffused with purple, subacute to obtuse or rounded leaf thqat gradually narrows below into the stout, channeled petiole that blooms at any time of the year on a lateral, erect, racemose, fractiflex, warty, 6" [15 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence which is much longer than the leaves, has oblique floral bracts, with the flowers opening in succession.

Synonyms Humboldtia verrucosa (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia verrucosa (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Masdevallia ochthodes Rchb.f. 1855; *Masdevallia verrucosa Rchb. f. 1849; Pleurothallis verrucosa Rchb. f. 1855; Scaphosepalum ochthodes (Rchb.f.) Pfitzer 1888

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as Plerothallis verrucosa; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as S octhodes; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as S octhodes drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 not = S breve; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 5 1961; AOS Bulletin VOl 36 #9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 3 Foldats 1970 drawing not = S breve; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing not = S breve; Orquideologia Vol 16 No 1 1983; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol V Systematics of Dresslerella and Scaphosepalum Luer 1988 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 drawing photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 3 1995 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 11 2017 photo fide;