Scaphosepalum microdactylum Rolfe 1893 SECTION Distichium Luer 1988

Photo by © Lourens Grobler

Another Color Form

Photo by © Eric Hunt, plant grown by Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens.

Plant and Flowers

Photo by © Prem Subrahmanyam.

Part shadeWarm to ColdSpring THROUGH EARLY Fall

Common Name The Little Fingered Scaphosepalum [refers to it's smaller middle sepal]

Flower Size 1/5" [5 mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador in montane cloud forests at elevations of [sea level] 1000 to 2600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial that is variable in plant form and flower, with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, acute leaf that gradually narrows to the long, slender petiole that blooms in the spring through early fall on a congested, distichous, 3" [7.5 cm] long , successively many flowered racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with oblong, oblique, acute, conduplicate floral bracts and holds the single flower at, below or just above leaf height.

Synonyms Scaphosepalum elasmatopus Schltr. 1913; Scaphosepalum longirepens Ames 1921; Scaphosepalum pittieri Schltr. 1906; Scaphosepalum standleyi Ames 1925

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR; *Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew, 1893(82-83): 335. 1893[1894; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as S elasmotopus; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as S standleyi; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 8 449 - 512 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1976 as S standleyi; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 8 449 - 512 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1976 as S pittierii photo ok; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3] 1979 as S standleyi drawing/photo fide;Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1265 Dodson 1985 drawing less ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Dresslerella And Scaphosepalum Vol 5 1988 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1582 Atwood 1993 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 3 1995 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 11 2008; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #2 2016 photo ok;