Scaphosepalum xystra Luer 1988 SECTION Scaphosepalum Photo by Lourens Grobler

Full shadeColdSummer

Common Name The Rasp Scaphosepalum [refers to the stiff verrucose Inflorescence]

Flower Size 1/4" [8mm]

Found in Colombia and Venezuela at elevations around 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped baslly by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, acute, suffused with purple, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in summer on an erect, distichous, flexuous, many flowered, racemose, lax below congested above, 16" [40 cm] long, coarsely verrucose inflorescence with conduplicate, oblique, narrowly obtuse floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; *Icones Orchidacearum Vol V Luer 1988 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing ok