Epidendrum aberrans Schltr.1918

Plant and Flowers

Comparison of E abberans to the left and E centropetalum to the right Photos by Hotsu and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Schlechter

fragrantPart shade cool ColdSummer Fall EARLYWinter

Common Name The Differing Epidendrum

Flower Size .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Hinduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 1300 to 2700 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, terete, thin, erect, straight stems that occasionally produce keikis from near the apex and carrying 8 to 16, all along the stem, articulate, alternate, spreading, lanceolate, acut leaves that blooms in the summer through early winter on an apical, ocurring only once, peduncle terete, thin, straight, occasionally provided with 1 to 2 linear-lanceolate, acuminate bracts, rachit terete, straight, to 1.6" [4 cm] long, racemose to slightly paniculate, slightly arching, dense, simultaneously 4 to 15 flowered inflroescence carrying resupinate, fragrant flowers.

Very similar to E centropetalum but this one differs mostly in the elongate lateral lobes of the lip, the rostellum perpendicular to the column and fragrant flowers which in C centropetalum are much shorter and not as wide spreading as the apical lobes, the rostellum is parellel to the column and the flowers have no scent.

Synonyms Oerstedella aberrans (Schltr.) Hamer 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 891 as Oerstedella aberrans Hamer 1982 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 891 Dodson 1982 as Oerstedella aberrans drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 as Oerstedella aberrans; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 as Epidendrum aberrans photo fide;