Epidendrum amphistomum A. Rich. 1850 GROUP Anceps SUBGROUP Anceps Photo by Greg Allikas.

Orange Cultivar Photo courtesy of Stephen Jones.

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Common Name The Surrounded Mouth Epidendrum - Dingy Flowered Star Orchid - Dingy-Flowered Epidendrum

Flower Size 1/2" [6 cm]

A Florida native, also found in Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti as a medium to large sized, caespitose, warm to cold growing epiphyte or occasional lithophyte occuring in cypress swamps at altitudes up to 500 meters, with erect, ancipitous stems enveloped basally by a few scarious sheaths and carrying several to many, lanceolate, basally clasping leaves that graduate in size from the base and blooms in the spring on an apical, 9" [22.5 cm] long, terminal, subumbellate, racemose inflorescence that is covered with several scarious, imbricate, acuminate sheaths and carries many, small, fragrant [old stale straw], flowers clustered at the apex and blooms repeatedly from the old inflorescence over a few years.

This species found in the USA has in the past mostly been refered to as Epidendrum anceps but differs in the larger plant, the flower color and the bilobed lip.

Synonyms Epidendrum amphistomum f. rubrifolium P.M.Br. 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1102 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see recognition; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014

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