Scaphyglottis pulchella – 365 days of orchids – day 781

We have featured lots of weird and wonderful orchids this month but today we have a rather more subtle species.

This rather unusual orchid is native to Costa Rica and Panama. It has thin leaves on top of long thin pseudobulbs that climb up the mount on a long rhizome. The single flowers come from the top of mature bulbs and are long lasting. The effect is rather elegant.

The species is found in forests up to 1350m and sand it seems to enjoy a shaded spot in our Cool Americas section.

Costa Rica and Panama have an extraordinary diversity of orchids and we have spent spectacular times amongst this diversity in the Orchid Project’s visits to Central America.



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