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Soterosanthus shepheardii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Maxillarieae
Subtribe: Stanhopeinae
Genus: Soterosanthus
Lehm. ex Jenny
Species: S. shepheardii
Binomial name
Soterosanthus shepheardii
(Rolfe) Jenny

Sievekingia shepheardii Rolfe

Soterosanthus shepheardii is a species of orchid found in Ecuador and Colombia,[1] and the only species of the monotypic genus Soterosanthus. This species segregated from Sievekingia because of its upright inflorescence. Flowers are somewhat similar to Sievekingia as is the plant stature, being on the small side, around 6" tall. Plants are semi-deciduous and warmth tolerant. Grow in small pots of medium grade bark mix under same conditions as for Gongora; shaded light, even moisture, drier in winter. It is a rarely seen relative of Stanhopea.[2][3][4]


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  2. ^ Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.C. & Rasmussen, F.N. (2009). Epidendroideae (Part two). Genera Orchidacearum 5: 1-585. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.
  3. ^ Jenny, R. 1986. Einige Notizen zur Gattung Sievekingia Die Gattung Soterosanthus und zwei neue Arten: Sievekingia herrenhuasana und herklotziana. Orchidee (Hamburg) 37(2): 73–80.
  4. ^ Jørgensen, P. M. & S. León-Yánez. (eds.) 1999. Catalogue of the vascular plants of Ecuador, Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 75: i–viii, 1–1181. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis

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