Scaphosepalum decorum Luer & R. Escobar 1982 SECTION Distichium Luer 1988 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Flower Closeup Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Common Name The Graceful Scaphosepalum

Flower Size 2 1/2"

Found in Cauca, southern Colombia as a small sized, caespitose, cool growing epiphyte at elevations around 1800 meters with an erect, slender ramicaul with 1 to 2 basal tubular sheaths and a larger one above carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, long-petiolate, elliptical, acute leaf that is cuneate below to the conduplicate petiole that blooms from high on the ramicaul in the fall on an erect, racemose, subcongested, distichous, successively many flowered, to 16" [to 40 cm] long inflorescence with several conspicuos, oblong triangular, oblique, conduplicate floral bracts with large flowers held at mid-leaf.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Dresslerella And Scaphosepalum Vol 5 1988 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 3 1995 photo; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide ;