Chondroscaphe merana (Dodson & Neudecker) Dressler 2001

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Common Name The Mera Chondroscaphe [Town in Ecuador]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in central Ecuador in very wet montane forests at elevations around 1000 to 1500 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with a loose, fan of several distichous, narrowly oblanceolate, acute to acuminate, becoming conduplicate towards the base leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an axillary, 3.2" [8 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with paired floral bracts, the outermost, infundibular, broadly ovate, acute and the innermost one is lanceolate and acute.

Synonyms *Chondrorhyncha merana Dodson & Neudecker 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR; Orquideología 19(1): 83. 1993 as Chondrorhyncha merana; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001 as Chondrorhyncha merana; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005 as Chondrorhyncha mearana; Huntleya and Related Orchids Harding 2008 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 73 #1 Pupulin & Dressler 2009 drawing/photo; Orquideas de Zamora Chinchipe Tomo 1 Epidendroideae Jimenez & Jimenez 2013 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;