Echinosepala sempergemmata (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2002

Photo by Bogarin and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full Shade Cool ColdLATEFallWinter

Common Name or Meaning The Always In Bud Pleurothallis [refers to the flowers never opening]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations around 1500 to 2200 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramcauls enveloped by 6 to 8, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical to narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the conduplicate, sessile base leaf that blooms in the late fall and winter on a fascile of pubescent,.8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe at the apex of the ramicaul with inflated floral bracts and carrying cleistogamous flowers that never open.

Synonyms Brenesia sempergemmata (Luer) Luer 2004; Echinella sempergemmata (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Myoxanthus sempergemmatus (Luer) Luer 1986; Pleurothallis sempergemmata Luer 1977

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol IX Luer 1992 as Myoxanthus sempergemmata drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Brenesia sempergemmata

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