Scaphasepalum beluosum – 365 days of orchids – day 1769

This floriferous orchid is Scaphosepalum beluosum that produces masses of unusual 1cm flowers, opening successively on horizontal and pendulous spikes over many months so that mature plants are always in flower.
The 15cm long, broad leaves are attractively tinged with red and show that the plant appreciates a shaded spot away from direct sunlight reflecting the natural habitat.
The species is restricted to cloud forests in Ecuador from 1500-2200m where plants experience year round moisture.
The name Scaphosepalum beluosum means ‘the monsterous flowered scaphosepalum’ which seems very harsh on the wonderfully flowers with their spots and warts. This is certainly a ‘monster’ we are happy to have in our collection.
Plants offered are growing in 7cm pots and have multiple flower spikes.

This is a species that really dislikes warm weather in the greenhouse and we grow plants in baskets very close to the floor so that the leaves are always shaded and cool.


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