Scaphosepalum beluosum Luer 1979 SECTION Leiocaulium Luer 1988

Another Color Variation Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Side View of Flower Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

EARLY

Common Name The Monsterous Flower Scaphosepalum

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Ecuador on the western slopes of the Andes at elevations af 1500 to 2200 meters in cloud forests as a small sized, robust, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths with a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, long-petiolate, elliptical, subacute leaf that is cuneate below to the slender channeled petiole that blooms in the fall through early spring on a loose, distichous, 2 to 6" [5 to 15 cm] long, successively several to many flowered, racemose inflorescence holding the flowers beneath the leaf and with 2 simultaneous opening flowers at a time.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Dresslerella And Scaphosepalum Vol 5 1988 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide;

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