Scaphosepalum dalstroemii, "his" species, grows in one the southernmost point of Ecuador. It is soooo far south that our GPS kept on indicating that we were in Peru.
We went to Loja and had the collaboration of the most wonderful people at the Technical University of Loja (UTPL). This region of the Andes is completely different than the central and northern regions of Ecuador, the topography is different and even though the mountains are lower, the bitter cold of the highlands of the north is present if not worst in this region.
We went all the way down to Zamora, a beautiful little Amazonian town in less than an hour, botanizing, looking for orchids and found some incredible populations of Phragmipediums.
This is where Scaphosepalum dalstroemii lives, it is truly sublime and in a way I am happy that is difficult to get to otherwise it will be colonized and destroyed. There is some evidence of fire in the area, a common practice in the highlands, but the populations of this little Scaphosepalum are in good shape. This species is not common in the market, and if you stay tuned to my publications you will know why. I cannot spoil the surprise!