Scaphosepalum triceratops Luer & Andreetta 1988 SECTION Scaphosepalum

Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding.

Flower Closeup

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Three Horned Scaphosepalum

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations of 1800 to 2650 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte to terrestrial with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, ellitical, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the stout, channeled petiolate base that blooms in the winter on an erect, rigid, distichous, stout, verrucose, to 20" [50 cm] long, sublaxly many flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul carrying, conduplicate, oblique floral bracts with 2 to 3 flowers open at any one time

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol V Systematics of Dresslerella and Scaphosepalum Luer 1988 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo fide;