Scaphosepalum odontochilum – 365 days of orchids – day 1387

We talked yesterday about Scaphosepalum beluosum (the monstrous scasphosepalum) and today we have an unassuming relation Scaphosepalum odontochilum. This is the first time we have featured the species on 365 days of orchids.

An unusual feature of the species is the way that the flowers are mostly closed with just a tiny opening at the front of the flower. In common with most scaphosepalums the flowers are produced successively over a long period on the thin flower spikes and plants are in flower for most of the year.

The species is a high altitude cloud forest specialist from Ecuador and Colombia where it is found from 1750-2400m and as a result the plant does not tolerate hot weather well, requiring a shady damp spot especially in the summer



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