Sarcoglottis smithii (Rchb.f.) Schltr.1920 Photo by Mark Whitten and Meyers Conservancy Flasking home page Website

Plant in situ Nicaragua

Photo by Nicaragua Foto Revista Website

Full Shade Warm LATEWinter

Common Name Smith's Sarcoglottis

Flower Size .5" [1 cm]

Found in Nicaragua and Costa Rica in shady tropical forests at elevations of 1100 to 1200 meters as a small sized, warm growing terrestrial with several, basal, oblanceolate, undulate margins, acute, pale green with white blotches or spots, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late winter on an erect, [22 cm] long, to 8 flowered inflorescence enveloped by green gray bracts and has lanceolate, greyish white, glabrous floral bracts.

Synonyms Gyrostachys smithii (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Pelexia smithii (Rchb.f.) Garay 1980 publ. 1982; Sarcoglottis bradei (Schltr.) Schltr. 1920; Sarcoglottis valida Ames 1923; Spiranthes bradei Schltr. 1918; *Spiranthes smithii Rchb.f. 1868; Spiranthes valida (Ames) L.O.Williams 1968; Zhukowskia smithii (Rchb.f.) Szlach., R.González & Rutk 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list ,IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1073 Hamer 1984 as Pelexia smithii drawing fide;