Scaphosepalum pleurothallodes Luer & Hirtz 1992

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer and the The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Flower???? Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Deep Shade Hot Warm LATE Winter EARLY Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Pleurothallis-Like Scaphosepalum

Flower Size .4" [5 mm]

Found in Napo province of Ecuador at elevations around 650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to acute, gradually narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a suberect, slender, smooth, 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, loose, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul.

Superficially similar to a yellow, marked with purple flowered Pleurothallis but is distinguished by the oblong, obtuse, tailess dorsal sepal, the spathulate, minutely apically toothed and the thick, ovoid, minutely spiculate lip.

Karremans & Viera 2020 state that this species is a natural hybrid between Scaphosepalum and A Pleurothallis.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol IX Systematics of Myoxanthus Luer 1992 drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 photo fide