Scelochilus delcastilloi D.E.Benn. & Christenson 1998

TYPE Drawing by Pastorelli, Bennett & Christenson

Deep Shade Cool Winter

Common Name or Meaning del Castillo's Scelochilus [Peruvian Collector of Species current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Junin department of Peru in very wet cloud forests at elevations around 1900 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with narrowly ellipsoid, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several, close, imbricate, scarious bracts, carrying a single, apical, elliptic-oblong to elliptic, shortly attenuate, acute, sub-coriaceous, dark olive green above, maroon to dark green beneath narrowing below into the conduplicate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a basal, peduncle to 2.8" [7 cm] long, green to dark purple, laxly arching, subsequently with 1 to 3, 4 to 5 flowered branches, to 14" [35 cm] long overall, 8 to 12 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate floral bracts and carrying tubular flowers

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidaceaerum Peruviarum Plate 567 Bennett & christenson 1998 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 #12 2008 as Comparettia delcastelloi; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014