Scaphyglottis aurea (Rchb.f.) Foldats 1959

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Bogarin

Another Flower

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Jay Pfahl


Common Name The Golden Scaphyglottis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found From Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 1200 to 1800 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect to pendant, in all directions, dark green brown, swollen, grooved with age, terete stems enveloped by grey, imbricate, tubular sheaths and carrying 2, linear, basally clasping, bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the spring on a fascile of single flowered inflorescence with the flower held close to the leaf base.

Synonyms Hexisea aurea (Rchb. f.) Dressler 1964; Ornithidium ruberrimum var. aureum (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1927; Scaphyglottis genychila Schltr. 1920; *Scaphyglottis ruberrima var. aurea Rchb.f. 1850; Tetragamestus aureus [Rchb.f] Rchb. f. 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR; Linnaea 22: 856. 1850 as S ruberrima var aurea; Bonplandia (Hannover) 2: 22. 1854 as Tetragamestus aureus; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as S genychila; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 as S genychila drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Tetragamestus aureus drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #11 2010 photo fide