!Scelochilus ottonis Klotzsch 1841

Photo by Lourens Grobler.

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Common Name Otto Beyrodt's Scelochilus [Director Berlin Botanic Garden 1800's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela and Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 980 to 2500 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with cylindrical, short, dark green pseudobubls enveloped basally by several, disticous, imbricating acute, leafless sheaths and carrying a sinlge, apical, oblong to oblong-lanceolate, leathery, laterally compressed apically to form a acute tip and a sharply keeled dorsal side leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on an erect to spreading, basal, racemose to 12 flowered inflorescence arising on a newly matured pseudobulb throught the axil of a basal sheath carrying flowers that do not open well

Synonyms Comparettia ottonis [Klotsch] Chase & NH Wms. 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1853; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin VOl 36 #9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 5 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing fide except shape of spur; AOS Bulletin VOl 36 #9 1967; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 31 1905 - 1976 Brieger 1995 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide except shape of spur; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo ok; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orchid Species Culture, Oncidium Bakers 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2008 as Comparettia ottonis; W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;