Scuticaria irwiniana Pabst 1973 Photo by © Patricia Harding

Plant in situ - Pico Da Carapuça, La Caraça, Minas Gerais, Brazil elevation 1955 meters

Another View Of Same in situ Plant Photos by © Jay Pfahl


Common Name Irwin's Scuticaria [American Orchid Collector in Brazil Early 1900's]

Flower Size

This small to medium sized, erect, cool to cold growing lithophytic species from Minias Gerais Brazil and Guyana? at elevations around 1750 to 1955 meters with a creeping rhizome with closely spaced, erect, terete, short psuedobulbs enveloped basally by loose tubular, imbricating sheaths carrying a single, erect, terete, canaliculate, acute leafthat become rugose with age and has a lateral, erect, to 10" [to 25 cm], long, single flowered inflorescence occuring in the summer in Brazil. It differs from all other Scuticaria by it's erect growth habit on rocks.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawings fide; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 1 1981 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994;