Scaphyglottis leucantha Rchb. f. 1849 Photo by © Bogarin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

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Photo courtesy of Carlos Hajek and his Peruvian Orchid Page

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Common Name The White Flowered Scaphyglottis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Venezuela in wet montane forests at elevations of 1000 meters as a slender, medium to large, hot to warm growing epiphyte or terrestrial with superposed, linear, sulcate, obtusely angled, lightly campanulate, elliptic in cross section, stiff, light green stems with aerial roots arising from the base of each stem section carrying 2 articulated sheathing, subopposite, oblong or lanceolate, unequally bilobed, carinate midvein leaves that is conduplicate at the base and blooms on a terminal, single flowered inflorescence occuring in the spring and summer.

Synonyms Ponera esuriens Rchb.f 1856; Ponera leucantha [Rchb.f[ Rchb.f 1854; Scaphyglottis cuneata Schlechter var major [Schweinf] Schweinf ex Correll 1947; Scaphyglottis esuriens [Rchb.f] Schlechter 1920; Scaphyglottis major [Schweinf] Correll 1965; Scaphyglottis prolifera Cogn. var major [Schweinf] Brieger & Hunt 1969; Scaphyglottis werklei Schlechter var major Schweinf 1937

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Linnaea 22: 856. 1849; Bonplandia 2(2): 22. 1854 as Ponera leucantha; *Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 as Ponera leucantha drawing; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 204. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as S wercklei; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 292. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as S wercklei; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing good; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 as S cuneata drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing goood; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 179 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo ok; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003

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