Scaphyglottis truncata Archila & Chiron 2013


Photos by Fredy Archila


Common Name The Truncate Sccaphyglottis [refers to the lip apex]

Flower Size .44" [1.1 cm]

Found in Quetztenango department of Guatemala in cloud forests at elevations around 1600 meters as a subpendent, small sized, cool growing epiphyte with simple, basally thin, becoming cylindrical-fusiform, tapering above green becoming washed out with age pseudobulbs enveloped basally by tightly adpressed, white beacts with reddish coffee colored dots carrying 2, apical, narrowly linear, single nerved, imperceptably tridentate apically leaves that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a terminal, .88 to 2.6" [2.2 to 6.5 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence carrying olive green flowers.

Similar to S hondurensis and S livida but differs in the wide truncated apical lobes of the lip, the lip base more truncate elliptic than cordiform, the lateral sepals more lanceolate than elliptical and the oblong-lanceolate petals acute apically.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Richardiana XIII Archila & Chiron 2013 photo/drawing fide