Scaphyglottis modesta (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1926 Photo by Bogarin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Part ShadeHot Summer Fall

Common Name The Modest Scaphyglottis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Leeward Islands Puerto Rico, Windward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, French Guinea, Guyana, Bolivia and Brazil at elevations of 100 to 1000 meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte or lithophyte with a short rhizome giving rise to cane-like, cylindric to fusiform, many branched stems enveloped basally by a few imbricating sheaths and carrying 2 apical, linear, obtuse leaves with stems arising from them and blooming in the summer and fall on a terminal, short, clustered, fasciculate inflorescence.

Synonyms Ponera felskyi Rchb.f. 1876; Ponera modesta (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. 1876; Ponera striolata Rchb.f. 1876; Scaphyglottis felskyi (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1919; Scaphyglottis striolata (Rchb.f.) Correll 1941; Tetragamestus antillanus Schltr. 1922; *Tetragamestus modestus Rchb.f. 1854;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Bonplandia 2: 21. 1854 as Tetragamestus modesta; *Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 as Tetragamestus modesta drawing; Linnaea 41: 85. 1876 as Ponera modesta; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Tetragamestus modestus; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Tetragamestus modestus; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939 as Tetragamestus modestus; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 as Tetragamestus modestus drawing fide; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960; Die Orchideen #1 1-4 tafel 1&2 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as Tetragamestus modestus photo plant only; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing ok; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 as S felskyi; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 drwaing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Tetragamestus modestus drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 285 Dodson 1980 drawing good; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo ok; Native Orchids of the Eastern Caribbean Kenny 1988; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994 as Tetragamestus modestus; Orchid Flowers of Puerto Rico and The Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 as S felsky; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005