Scaphosepalum pulvinare [Rchb.f] Rolfe 1890 SECTION Scaphosepalum

Photo by Patricia Harding

Common Name The Cushioned Scaphosepalum [refers to the cushion like calli of the lateral sepals

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Antioquia departemnt of Colombia at elevations around 1500 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, stoutramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on an erect, rigid, stout, distichous, 24" [60 cm] long, many successively flowered, racemose, verrucose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and has 2 t0 3 flowers open at any one time.

Synonyms *Madevallia pulvinare Rchb.f 1880; Scaphosepalum rolfeanum Kranzl. 1925

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing hmm; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol V Systematics of Dresslerella and Scaphosepalum Luer 1988 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing fide;