Scelochilus latipetalus C. Schweinf. 1945

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders.

Another Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding.


Common Name The Broad-Petaled Schelochilus

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in Peru at elevations of 900 to 1800 meters as a small sized, caespitose, cool to warm growing epiphyte from wet montane forests with oblong, compressed, narrowly elliptic pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several, close, imbricate, scarious sheaths and a single, apical, elliptic-oblong or elliptic, acute, coriaceous, dark olive green with maroon or dark green underneath leaf that blooms on a basal, 14" [35 cm] long, panicle with 10 to 13 loose. approximate, scarious bracts all arising on a mature pseudobulb with a few to several, simultaneously opening flowers held below the leaf that occur in the fall.

Synonyms Comparettia latipetala [Schweinf.] Chase & NH Wms. 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 181 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 31 1905 - 1976 Brieger 1995 drawing/photo good; Orchid Species Culture, Oncidium Bakers 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2008 as Comparettia latipetala; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 75 #4 2011 Photo fide;