June 14, 2012

Scaphosepalum merinoi

This is another unusual species from Ecuador.  The Scaphosepalums all have these "horned" flowers, though in some cases the appendages are not as long as in this species.  The plant itself has Masdevallia-like leaves and growth, approximately 8 cm tall, but the flower spikes are very long compared to the plant, 20 cm, and they continue to lengthen as the flowers are produced one after another, six or more per spike.  The flowers are 6 cm from tip to tip, rather large for the genus.  The plant is supposed to be warmth tolerant, but I grow it cool.  It is best grown mounted because of its long spikes

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