Skeptrostachys latipetala (Cogn.) Garay 1980 publ. 1982

Plant and Inflorescence Photo by Jay Pfahl

Drawing Drawing by Hoehne


Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found as a large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial to lithophyte in Minas Gerais Brazil at elevations around 1000 meters where it blooms in the fall in situ.

CAUTION I have made this determination by elimination and not by the fact that I could examine a drawing or other evidence. I am using Orquideas da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005 as a reference and they state that there are only 2 species from the Chapada region and one is S congestiflora that has orange flowers and S latipetala which has green flowers with a white lip which fits the species above. There is no drawing of S latipetala in this reference. I took the photo myself and can say it was in the rupicolus area of Minas near to Ouro Preto that I encountered this orchid. It was at least 4 feet [125 cm] tall and the width of the Inflorescence was at least 5". Kew lists another Skeptrostachys for Minas Gerais, S stenorrhynchoides so Please use this determination with caution!

Synonyms *Stenorrhynchos latipetalum Cogn. 1907

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Orquideas da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005