Sarcoglottis pauciflora (Kuntze) Schltr. 1920

Plant ensitu in Mexico Photo courtesy of Eduoard Faria

Fragrance Part Shade WarmCool Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Few Flowered Sarcoglottis

Flower Size

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras at elevations around 1300 to 2100 meters on hillsides, grassy openings in montane oak/pine forests as a medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with a stout, short stem with no leaves at flowering, with several, basal, petiolate, elliptic to ovate-elliptic, acute leaves that blooms with out leaves in the fall on a loosely few flowered, to 6" [15 cm] long racemose inflorescence with scarious, elliptic-lacneolate, long pointed floral bracts and flowers that smell strongly of lemon.

Synonyms *Gyrostachys pauciflora Kuntze 1891; Sarcoglottis corymbosa Garay 1980 publ. 1982; Spiranthes pauciflora A.Rich. & Galeotti 1845; Spiranthes spanantha McVaugh 1985

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Las Orquideas De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 as Spiranthes pauciflora drawing/photo fide; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Flora Novo-Galiciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985 as Spiranthes spanantha; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 as Sarcog;lottis corymbosa photo fide; The Orchids of Mexico Hagsater 2005; The Orchids Of Mexico Digital Catalog Hagsater 2007