Schiedeella esquintlensis Szlach., Rutk. & Mytnik 2009


Photos by Fred Muller

Common Name The Esquintla Schiedeella [refers to the department of Guatemala where the species was found]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Esquintla department of Guatemala in cloud forests at elevations around 1930 meters as a mini-minaiture to miniature sized, cool growing terrestrial with a delicate, erect, glabrous, 2 to 2.4" [.8 to .96" long stem enveloped by imbricate, semi-transparent, semi-scarious cauline bracts, with unknown leaves that blooms on an erect, 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, laxly, simutaneously 6 to 8 flowered inflorescence with glabrous, herbaceous, hyaline margins, 3 prominent nerved, dull pinkish white, slightly longer than the ovary floral bracts.

"The species is characterized by a sepaline tube formed by the lower halves of sepals, hence relatively long. The lip is narrow, gently constricted in the apical fifth. Both epichile and hypochile are of similar width, the hypochile lateral lobes are rounded and epichile is also more or less rounded with slightly undulate margins." Szachetko etal 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Nordic Journal of Botany 27: 316-318 Szlachetko, Rutkowski, & Mytnik-Ejsmont 2009photo/drawing fide