Scelochilus luerae Dodson 1980

Side View of Flowers Photos by Mark Whitten


Common Name Luer's Scelochilus [American Pleurothallid and Orchid Enthusiast Current]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Ecuador in wet high elevation cloudforests on the western slopes of the Andes at elevations of 1500 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphytewith small inconspicuous, oblong-cylindrical, pseudobubls enveloped basally by several, disitichous, imbricating deciduous leaf-bearing sheaths and carry an apical, single,, oblong, acute, narrow below into a short, narrow conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an axillary, pendant, to 12" [30 cm] long, 5 to 9 flowered, racemose inflorescence arising through the upper, leaf axils of a newly matured pseudobulb and are basally enveloped by several, widely spaced, acute, clasping sheaths.

Synonyms Comparettia luerae [Dodson] Chase & NH Wms. 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; *Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 294 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 31 1905 - 1976 Brieger 1995; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture, Oncidium Bakers 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2008 as Comparettia luerae