Comparettia sotoana Pupulin & G.Merino 2010 Drawing by Pupulin & G.Merino and The Epidendra Website

Common Name Soto's Comparettia [Mexican Botanist 1963 - 2009]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador in open wet forests at elevations around 1200 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with small, elliptic, complanate pseudobulbs enveloped partially by 2 to 3, foliaceous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, laterally flattened, equitant, lanceolate, slightly asymetrical, thick coriaceous, green suffused with purple, acute, subpetiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer on a lateral, axillary, peduncle, erect, terete, to .8" [2 cm] long, rachis to 1.2" [3 cm] long, to 5 flowered inflorescence with 1 to 2, laterally flattened, strongly conduplicate, lanceolate bracts and carrying campanulate flowers that do not open well.

CAUTION!!!This species would fit much better in the genus Scelochilus within my taxonomic framework, but to date has not been named as such.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankesteriana 9: 400 Pupulin & Merino 2010