Scaphyglottis pulchella (Schltr.) L.O. Williams 1941

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Danny Lentz , plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden


Common Name The Beautiful Scaphyglottis

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found from Costa Rica to Panama at elevations of 100 to 1350 meters as a hot to warm growing epiphyte with basally subterete and fusiform above the lower 1/4, stipitate basally psueobulb enveloped in youth by scarious bracts and carrying 2, apical, subcoriaceous, linear-lanceolate, carinate below, emarginate and apiculate, conduplicate basally leaf that blooms in the spring through fall on a terminal, short, pendant, racemose, successively 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence.

Very similar to S clavata but differs in the larger flowers with larger fatter tepals, with a wider lip with a wide almost squarish, basal depression with a very high ridge margin that is folded back towards the lip margin.

Synonyms *Ramonia pulchella Schltr. 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19: 295. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Ramonia pulchella; *Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 28(4): 424. 1941; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 8 449 - 512 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1976 as Hexadesmia pulchella; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1584 Mora & Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 # 3 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #11 2010 photo fide