Scaphosepalum reptans Luer & Hirtz 2009 SECTION Leiocaulium Luer 1988

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 30:60 Luer & Escobar 2009


Common Name The Creeping Scaphosepalum

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador without collection data as a miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early winter on an erect, high on the ramicaual, peduncle slender, ascending, verrucose, to 7.2" [18 cm] long, rachis 2" [5 cm] long, loose, flexuous, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with oblong, conduplicate, acute, slightly shorter to as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"Except for the repent rhizome, the long-petiolate leaves, and flexuous racemes, this species resembles Scaphosepalum swertiifolium , but the flowers resemble more closely those of S. breve , being smaller with shorter tails. The synsepal has a distinct mentum above the base, and the cushions are acute and acuminate at their tips. The lip is most similar to that of S. breve." Luer 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 30: 19 Luer & Escobar 2009 Drawing fide;