Scuticaria hadwenii [Lindley]Hooker 1944 Photo courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista Orchidstudium

Another Angle Photo by Lourens Grobler

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Common Name Hadwen's Scuticaria [English Trader In Brazil 1800's]

Flower Size to 3" [to 7.5 cm]

This medium sized, pendant growing, epiphytic species is found in Brazil and Guyana with very short, knotty, swollen at the base, ash brown stems carrying cylindric, narrowly sulcate above, acute, deep green, deflexed leaves and even though the habit of the plant is pendulous, the erect, 1 1/2" to 8" [4 to 20 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence, arising on a mature pseudobulb and subtended with brown, acute, scale-like bracts, is ascending and appears from spring to fall and gives rise to waxy, fragrant long-lasting, nodding flowers. This species needs a tree fern or wood mount to accomodate the pendant growths, with bright sun, and regular waterings until after blooming which then it needs a 3-4 week rest.

Synonyms *Bifrenaria hadwenii Lindley 1851-2; Bifrenaria hadwenii var bella Rchb.f 1881; Bifrenaria hadwenii var pardalina Rchb.f 1880; Scuticaria dodgsoni Hort. 1878; Scuticaria hadwenii var. bella Watson 1890; Scuticaria hadwenii var. dogsonii (Rchb.f.) Stein 1892; Scuticaria hadwenii var. pardalina Watson 1890;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 drawing fide/ photo ok; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as S hadwenii var dodgson Stein 1892; S hadwenii var pardalina; S hadwenii var bella; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 10 1957 drawing; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994; Die Orchideen lieferung 29 Schlechter/Brieger 1994 drawing fide/ photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 7 1995 photo

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