!Scuticaria steelei (Hook.) Lindl. 1843

Plant and Flower

Photo by Maarten Sepp Copyright 2008 All rights reserved.

Common Name Steele's Scuticaria [English Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in French Guiana, Surinam, Guyana, northern Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia in seasonally dry, lowland evergreen rainforests at elevations around 300 to 850 meters as a large sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with clustered, inconspicuous, reflexed to pendant, cylindrical pseudofbulbs enveloped basally by a few sheaths and carrying a single, apical, pendant, fleshy, lightly flexuous, terete, narrowly and deeply channeled, acute, very long leaves that blooms in the summer on a basal, robust, short to 1.6" [4 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered, glabrous inflorescnece enveloped basally by a few glabrous, membraneous bracts with ovate, concave, acute coriaceous floral bracts and carrying fragrant flowers

Synonyms Maxillaria flabellifera Lindl. 1837; *Maxillaria steelei Hook 1837; Scuticaria de keyseriana Hort ex Stein 1892; Scuticaria keyseriana auct. 1894

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 2 1957; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 5 1957 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 No 6 1967 photo fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 1 1980 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 8 1981 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 47 No 3 1983 photo fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Native COlombian Orchids VOl 4 COS 1992 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 9 1996 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 10 1996 photo; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #2 2002; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 28 #1 2011 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #2 2012 photo fide; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide;