Scelochilus aureus Schltr. 1923

Front View Photos by Pozzi/Karremans, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Full Shade Warm Cool LATESummerEARLYfall

Common Name The Golden Scelochilus

Flower Size .5" to .6" [1.25 to 1.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in lower montane forests on small branches in windy locations at eleavtions of 1500 to 2200 meters as a small sized, pendant to arcuate, warm to cool growing epiphyte with subcylindric to fusiform, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 2 to 3, subulate, non-foliaceous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous to fleshy, elliptic-lanceolate to oblanceolate, carinate beneath and narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and fall on a lateral, arcuate to pendant, racemose to paniculate, 5 to 6" [12.5 to 15 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence with each branch carrying 4 to 6 successively opening, campanulate flowers that do not open well.

Synonyms Comparettia aurea [Schlter] Chase & Wms. 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih: 19: 144. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 12585 Mora & Atwood 1993 drawing hmm; Die Orchideen lieferung 31 Schlechter/Brieger 1995 drawing ok; Fieldiana, Flora of Costa Rica Family #39 Orchidaceae Atwood & Retana 1999; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 7 2005 drawing & photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2008 as Comparettia aurea

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