Scaphosepalum anchoriferum (Rchb. f.) Rolfe 1890 SECTION Leiocaulium Luer 1988

Another Angle Photos courtesy of Charles E. Lamb

Frontal View Photo by Eric Hunt and his Flicker Orchid Photostream

Common Name The Anchor-Bearing Scaphosepalum [refers to the appearance of the recurved tails of the connate sepals]

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in premontane and lower montane rainforests at elevations of 1100 to 2000 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect to suberect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, acute leaf that gradually narrows into the slender, channeled petiole and blooms in the spring summer and fall on a slender, smooth, ascending to horizontal to descending, 6" [15 cm] long, congesteed, successively several flowered inflorescencearising from low on the ramicaul with thin floral bracts.

Synonyms *Masdevallia anchorifera Rchb. f. 1884; Masdevallia punctata Rolfe 1888; Scaphosepalum endresianum Kraenzl. 1921; Scaphosepalum naviculare Kraenzl. 1921; Scaphosepalum punctatum (Rolfe) Rolfe 1890;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as S punctatum; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Masdevallia punctata drawing fide; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 17(28): 435. 1921 as Scaphosepalum endresianum ;Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 17(28): 436. 1921 as S naviculare; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Dresslerella And Scaphosepalum Vol 5 1988 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1580 Atwood 1993 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 3 1995 photo

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