as Maxillaria steelii in 1837, its name was later changed to Scuticaria
steelei. We find it interesting that the name Scuticaria is also is a
genus of moray eels. The name for the orchid refers to its whip-like (eel-like?)
leaves. These pendent, terete leaves can grow to well over a meter long.
They like frequent watering (but of course must dry between) and grow
in rather low light conditions. Give a slight rest (drier) after blooming.
They have large, showy flowers.
This photo is used courtesy Benjamin Ooi.