Scelochilus gentryi Dodson 1980

Drawing Photo and drawing by © Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade WarmFall

Common Name Gentry's Scelochilus [American Orchid Enthusiast and Co-collector of species later 1900's]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Ecuador in wet montane cloud forests at elevations around 600 to 1000 meters as a miniature sized, warm, pendent growing epiphyte with oblong cylindrical pseudobulbs enveloped basally by imbricating, distichous sheaths with the uppermost being foliaceous and deciduous, and carrying a single, elliptic, acute, strongly keeled, tapering below into the conduplicate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an axillary, to 4" [to 10 cm] long, 5 to 9 flowered inflorescence with several remote, clasping bracts.

Similar to S heterophyllus but differs in the slender plant with a more delicate inflorescence and with a deeply trilobed lip.

Synonyms Comparettia gentryi (Dodson) M.W.Chase & N.H.Williams 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Plantarum Tropicarum plate 291 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 31 1905 - 1976 Brieger 1995 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 #12 2008 as Comparettia gentryi