Monographs Details: Selenipedium steyermarkii Foldats
Authority: Schweinfurth, Charles. 1967. Orchidaceae of the Guayana Highland. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 14: 69-214.
Family:Orchidaceae
Description:Distribution and Ecology - VENEZUELA. Bolivar: Fila de la Danta, between Luepa and Cerro Venamo, 132 km from El Dorado near Sta. Elena, J. A. Steyermark 6-8. Nilsson 237 (type); Auydn-tepui, Faldas meridionales, sabana debajo de "Danto" en la segunda meseta (hombrillo) arriba del valle de Kamarata, arriba de Guayaraca, 1480 m alt., rare terrestrial 1.5 m tall, in open rocky places below dwarf woods. May 18, 1964, Steyermark 94117; southeastern portion of the base of Carrao-tepui, 1460-1615 m alt., in woods, erect terrestrial 7 ft tall, leaves ascending, dull grass-green, bracts olive green, sepals pale green with lavender-brown streaks and mottling, petals narrow, pale greenish yellow, lip inside pale greenish yellow with dull lavender spots on upper half, outside orange-brown to yellow, December 4-5, 1944, J. A. Steyermark 60854; vicinity of Km 127-128 south of El Dorado, northeast of Luepa, 800-1200 m alt., locally frequent on open exposed eroded slopes of road, in dwarf forest on top of plateau in sandstone soil, stems 1 m tall, March 6-11, 1962, J. A. Steyermark & L. Aristeguieta 88; Danta Flats, Auyan-tepui about 1530 m alt. in sandy loam in fairly thick grass and head-high shrubs, G. C. K. Dunsterville 777; Cerro Venamo (parte Sur-Oeste), Nor-Este del afluente derecho (Oeste), subiendo el Rio Venamo, arriba de la ladera escarpada de arenisca, 950-1400 m alt., bosque enano muscoso, December 28, 1963, J. A. Steyermark, G. C. K. ir E. Dunsterville 92324 (no flowers) ; same locality, Rio Venamo, bosque hiimedo montafioso, vecindades del salto, wooded slopes above river and below waterfall, 900 m alt., January 9, 1964, Steyermark & Dunsterville 92911 (flowers old).

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Distribution:Venezuela South America|