Thursday, August 4, 2011
Scaphosepalum dalstroemii, Quito Botanical Garden
This small orchid is found in Ecuador near the border with Peru in the high cloud forest of los Andes. Since it grows at around 9,000 feet high in the mountains in cool to cold wet forests growing these plants outside their natural range demands careful attention to their growing conditions. A few hardcore orchid enthusiasts in the United States grow this beauties but they are generally unknown in the wider orchid growing circles. In Puerto Rico I have never seen a plant of this genus under cultivation.