Saturday, October 23, 2010

Scaphosepalum anchoriferum

Scaphosepalum is a genus related to Masdevallia and Pleurothallis and belonging, therefore to the Pleurothallid alliance. All the species in the genus, a total of about 15, have very unusual flowers. This species comes from Costa Rica and Panama. It is around 8 cm tall, with pendant spikes about 5 cm long that bloom repeatedly, one flower at a time. The flowers themselves are 1 cm long and very intricate and highly colored. The plant likes cool and moist conditions and because it spikes are pendant needs to be mounted or grown in a small mesh basket.


  1. Fascinating. The plant foliage looks and it's inflorescence behaves much like Dracula in this picture.
    Very nice growing!


    1. It is, of course, related to Dracula, but the flowers are very different and immediately recognizable as Scaphosepalums by the little "horns."