Scuticaria irwiniana Pabst 1973

Photo by © Patricia Harding

Plant with inflorescence

Photo by © Dalton Holland Baptista

Plant in situ - Pico Da Carapuça, La Caraça, Minas Gerais, Brazil elevation 1955 meters

Another View Of Same in situ Plant

Photos by © Jay Pfahl


Common Name Irwin's Scuticaria [American Orchid Collector in Brazil Early 1900's]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

This small to medium sized, erect, cool to cold growing lithophytic species from Minias Gerais Brazil and Guyana? at elevations around 1750 to 1955 meters with a creeping rhizome with closely spaced, erect, terete, short psuedobulbs enveloped basally by loose tubular, imbricating sheaths carrying a single, erect, terete, canaliculate, acute leaf that become rugose with age and has a lateral, erect, to 10" [to 25 cm], long, single flowered inflorescence occuring in the summer in Brazil. It differs from all other Scuticaria by it's erect growth habit on rocks and its erect inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawings fide; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 1 1981 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #2 2002 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #2 2012 photo fide;