Microchilus scrotiformis (C.Schweinf.) Ormerod 2002

Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Partial shade Cold

Common Name The Scrotum Shaped Microchilus

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia and Venezuela in cloud forest clearings at elevations around 2000 to 2400 meters as a miniature to small sized [in flower], cold growing terrestrial with a decumbent, becoming erect, slender to stout, glabrous to subglabrous stem carrying velvety green sheen above, ovate to narrowly ovate, acute leaves with a short pink tubular sheathing base that blooms on an erect, terminal, lightly sinuous, slender, racemose, peduncle terete, pubescent, to 5.2" [to 13 cm] long overall, successively several, many flowered inflorescence with pubescent floral bracts.

Synonyms *Erythrodes scrotiformis C.Schweinf. 1946

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 as Erythrodes scrotiformis drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1972 as Erythrodes scrotiformis drawing fide