The Genus Soterosanthus

(Rolfe) Jenny

Edited 27 April 2007
© Nina Rach

The name for this monotypic genus was coined by F. Lehm.; abbreviated Strsnt. The type species is Soterosanthus shepheardii (Rolfe) Jenny, published in Orchidee (Hamburg) 37(2): 74. 1986. [Previously Sievekingia shepheardii Rolfe, Bot. Mag. 141: t. 8635. 1915; Soterosanthus F. Lehm. ex Jenny].

This small plant grows epiphytically in coastal forest from 0 to 500m above sea level. It's found in the Esmeraldas Province of Ecuador as well as in Colombia. The flowers are yellow and pendant.

Links to sites about Soterosanthus:

Species for the Genus Soterosanthus

Photo of Soterosanthus shepheardii by Wolfgang Assmus

Missouri Botanic Garden, Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Ecuador (CVPE)

Missouri Botanic Garden, Manual de la Flora de Costa Rica [S. suavis]

Peruvian Orchids by Carlos Hajek [S. peruviana]

Jay Pfahl's Orchid Species Pages.

Wolfgang Renner's website [S. peruviana]

Sievekingia reichenbachiana -- photo by Jens Knapp (Germany)

Akerne Orchids: Sievekingia rhonhofiae image

Printed References:

P. Altmann (2000) "Houlletia, Sievekingia and Polycycnis," in: Orchid Review 108 (1231): 51-54.

Calaway Dodson, and P. de Dodson (1984) Orchids of Ecuador. Fasc. 10, plates 901-1000. Icones Plantarum Tropicarum. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 33577.

Gunther Gerlach (1999) "Sievekingia y Soterostanthus: parientes, pero diferentes. Sievekingia and Soterosanthus: related but different," in: Orquideología 21(2): 214-227.

Alex Hawkes [1965] 1987. Encyclopaedia of Cultivated Orchids. Faber and Faber, London.

Rudolf Jenny (1992) "A monograph of the genus Sievekingia Rchb.f.," in: Schlechteriana 3(2): 55-78.

N.H. Williams, William Mark Whitten, and Callaway H. Dodson (1984) 'Preliminary analyses of the floral fragrances of species of Acineta, Houlletia, Luddemannia, Lycomormium, Paphinia, and Sievekingia (Orchidaceae),' in: Selbyana 7:315-317.

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