Scaphyglottis gigantea Dressler 1979 TYPE Photo by © Dressler, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Full Shade Warm Winter

Common Name The Large Scaphyglottis [refers to the plant and flowers size]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in western Panama around 1700 meters as a giant sized, warm growing epiphyte with basally slender, never superposed, cylindric pseudobulbs enveloped basally in youth by several, pale brown, verruculose, tubular sheaths and carrying 2, apical, ligulate, coriaceous, asymerically retuse leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, to .2" [4 to 5 mm] long, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence densely covered by by keeled, pale brown, papery, dry bracts .

Similar to S amparoana but differs in it's much larger size of both plant and flowers as well as the narrower lip, a differently shaped callus, a smooth surfaced lip and a slender column.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Orquídea (Mexico City). 7(3): 234. 1979 photo/drawing; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1390 Atwood 1989 drawing ok; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;