Scaphosepalum microdactylum 2in (mature)
Scaphosepalum microdactylum, or the "Little Fingered Scaphosepalum" is a miniature species from South America that produces variable claw-like flowers that have a smaller-than-normal middle sepal. The color ranges from pale pink-yellow to deep red (as shown in the example photos). It prefers high humidity and will thrive in low-medium light. A good candidate for vivariums and terrariums. Almost continuously in bloom.
This specimen has presented unusually deep red blooms with very little yellow.
SCAPHOSEPALUM CARE INFO:
Potting mix: Long fiber sphagnum or fine bark topped with moss, potted or mounted.
Light: Medium - shade. If given ample water and humidity, some dappled direct light is tolerated but it generally prefers shady conditions.
Water: Water frequently in hot months before the media fully dries. Do not allow to dry out completely. Decrease in cold months and keep an eye out for rot. Water every day or every other day if mounted. Likes to stay moist but not sopping wet.
Temp: Cool-warm (50F min, 90F max day).
Humidity: 50-80%, prefers high humidity. Ensure good air circulation. For terrarium growing, open and allow the vessel to "breathe" once a week or install a fan (for larger terrarium builds).
Fertilizing: 1/4 strength urea-free fertilizer, every other or every watering as new roots and leaves emerge. Run clean tap water through the growing media once monthly to prevent salt buildup. Less is more - decrease if leaf burn is observed.