Scelochilus ecalcaratus Determann 1982 Drawing by Dettermann and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Spurless Scelochilus

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in French Guiana and Para Brazil on mossy tree limbs in seasonally dry forests at elevations around 150 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot, pendent growing epiphyte with narrow, bilaterally compressed pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, acute, coriaceous, red spotted leaf with 4, imbricating, distichous, conduplicate, coriaceous, purple spotted, shorter leaflike sheaths enveloping the pseudobulb that blooms in the summer on an erect, axillary, to 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with 1 to 3 clasping bracts and carrying a campanulate, transluscent yellow flower with red spots.

Juvenile forms of this orchid are equitant and mature forms are pseudobulbous and both forms are capable of producing a lateral inflorescence

Synonyms Comparettia ecalcarata (Determann) M.W.Chase & N.H.Williams 2008; Scelochilopsis ecalcarata (Determann) Dodson & M.W.Chase 1998

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideologia Vol. 21 No 1 Dodson 1998 as Scelochilopsis ecalcarat drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 31 1905 - 1976 Brieger 1995; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 #12 2008 as Comparettia ecalcarata; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo not; Orchids of French Guiana Szlachetko etal 2012 drawing fide;