Eriopsis sceptrum Rchb. f. & Warsz. 1854 Photo by Ecuagenera and the Ecuagenera Orchid Website

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Flower Closeup Photos by Jay Pfahl

Common Name The Sceptre Eriopsis

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil in the margins of flooded forests at elevations of 80 to 470 meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect, robust, at first cylindrical, then slightly arcuate and carrying 2 to 4, erect, subcoriaceous, narrolwy lanceolate, narrolwy oblanceolate, to linear-oblong, acute to shortly acuminate, attenuate below into the base leaves that blooms in the spring on a basal, erect, racemose, 20 to 36" [50 to 90 cm] long, many flowered in the apical half inflorescence with 2 to 3 basal, subcoriaceous bracts and fleshy, triangular, obtuse to acute floral bracts.

Distinguished from the others in the genus by the presence of 2 blade-like calli and no warts in front. The first 2 photos are an exact match.

Synonyms Cyrtopodium yauaperyense Barb.Rodr. 1891; Eriopsis helenae Kraenzl. 1897; Eriopsis sprucei Rchb. f. 1863

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as E helenae; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as E sprucei drawing ok; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as E helenae; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 4 1970 as E sprucei drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 28 Schlechter/Brieger 1993 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo good;

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