Anacheilium sceptrum [Lindl.]Hagaster 1990

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Common Name The Sceptre-Like Anacheilium [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size 1.2" and slightly more [3 cm]

This epiphytic and occasional lithophytic species with thin, compressed psuedobulbs occurs in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 150 to 2000 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte with slender, cyclindrical, compressed psuedobulbs enveloped basally by several scarious tubular sheaths and carrying 2 to 3 apical, linear, acute leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on a terminal, erect or arching, to 2' [60 cm] long, many flowered, cylindrical shaped inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb with scented, non-resupinate flowers held well above the leaves.

Synonyms Encyclia sceptra (Lindl.) Carnevali & I. Ramírez 1986; Epidendrum macrothyrsoides Rchb. f. 1877; *Epidendrum sceptrum Lindl. 1846; Epidendrum sphenoglossum F. Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899; Prosthechea sceptra (Lindl.) W. E. Higgins 1997

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as Epidendrum sceptrum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Epidendrum sceptrum; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 6: 72 Schlechter 1919 as Epidendrum sceptrum; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 248 Schlechter 1920 as E macrothyrsoides; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 251 Schlechter 1920 as Epidendrum sceptrum; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Epidendrum sceptrum drawing ok; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 27: 68 Colombia Schlechter 1924as Epidendrum macrothyrsoides; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Epidendrum sceptrum; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 Epidendrum sceptrum drawing good; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 as Epidendrum sceptrum drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Dunsterville and Garay 1979 as Epidendrum sceptrum drawing fide; *Native Colombian Orchid Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995 as Epidendrum sceptrum; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 as Prosthechea sceptra drawing good; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 as Prosthechea sceptra photo fide; The Cattleyas and Their Relatives, the Debateable Epidendrum Withner and Harding 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 9 2008 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 27 #1 2010 as Prosthechea sceptrum photo ok;