Scaphosepalum dalstroemii Luer 1984 SECTION Leiocaulium Luer 1988 Photo By Steven Beckendorf and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another flower Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Common Name Dalstroem's Scaphosepalum [Swedish Botanist and discoverer of species, current]

Flower Size 3/4" [ 2 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador near the Peruvian border at elevations around 2600 to 3150 meters in cloud forests as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate-elliptical, acute leaf that narrows gradually into the slender petiole and blooms in the summer on an ascending to horizontal, loose to congested, smooth, slender, to 4" [10 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence with thin, tubular floral bracts. This species is similar to the much more common, lower elevation s breve but differs in the smooth inflorescence of the former.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Dresslerella And Scaphosepalum Vol 5 1988 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 375 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing ok; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;

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