Scaphosepalum ophidion Luer 1981 SECTION Leiocaulium Luer 1988 photo by The Orchidees en Nord Website

Another Angle Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuadorian Orchid Website

Side View of Flower? Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Common Name or Meaning The Little-Snake Scaphosepalum [refers to the bared fangs of the open flower]

Flower Size 2/5" [1 mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 1450 to 2500 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect to suberect, very slender ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, acute, acuminate leaf that is cuneate below into the slender petiole and blooms in the summer on a subdense, sharply flexuous slender, smooth, erect to lateral, 13 3/4" [12 cm] long, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence. Differs from S. breve by having a thickened middle sepal with revolute margins and the tails ofthe lateral sepals are shorter than the blades..

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of the Pleurothallidinae Vol 1 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Dresslerella And Scaphosepalum Vol 5 1988 drawing fide;

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