Scaphosepalum ximenae Luer & Hirtz 2012

Lip and Column detail

Head On View

Inflorescence Photos by Alexander Hirtz

Part shade LATE Summer EARLY Fall

Common Name Ximena's Scaphosepalum [Wife of Alexander Hirtz orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size

Found in Ecuador without collection data as a small sized, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a more or less horizontal, arising from near the base of the ramicaul, peduncle multibracted, 3.6 to 4" [9 to 10 cm] long, rachis 1.2" [3 cm] long, congested, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with as long as to shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers.

"This species does not have a close relative. It is characterized by long-petiolate leaves and a successively flowered, short-bracted raceme borne by a smooth, horizontal peduncle. The sepals are spotted, and the cushions are narrow and curved as they occupy the acute, adjacent tips of the lateral sepals. The tails are recurved and shorter than the blade. The hypochile of the lip is broad and concave with a pair of rounded lobules near the middle." Luer 2012


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 333 to 368 2012 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer Drawing fide