Scuticaria steelei - burgandy speckled flowers  grace this unusual plant

 Scuticaria steelei
     First described as Maxillaria steelii in 1837, it’s 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.
Thanks, Ben!