Scelochilus crucicornibus Senghas, D.E.Benn. & Christenson 1998

Photo by © The Ecuagenera Website


Drawing by © The Springer Link Brittonia Website

Full shade Warm Cool

Common Name The Crossed Horns Scelochilus [refers to the calli of the lip]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Pasco department of Peru at elevations around 1200 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with ovoid, lightly complanate pseudobulbs carrying a single ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, carinate, purple beneath, narrowing below into the channeled, thickened, petiolate base leaf that blooms on a suberect, scapose, racemose, to 6" [15 cm] long, fractiflex, 5 to 7 flowered inflorescence subsequently producing 1 to 3 secondary 3 to 5 flowered branches with ovate, acuminate, concave floral bracts

CAUTION The drawing is absolutely correct, the photo by Ecuagenera less so!

Synonyms Comparettia crucicornibus (Senghas, D.E.Benn. & Christenson) M.W.Chase & N.H.Williams 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen lieferung 31 Schlechter/Brieger 1995 as Sp nov "crucicornibus" drawing fide; *Brittonia 50: 183 1998 Senghas, Bennett & Christenson Drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 755 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 #12 2008 as Comparettia cruciconiba; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014