Epidendrum angustisegmentum (L.O.Williams) Hágsater 1999 GROUP Spathiger SUBGROUP Rigidum

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Part shade Hot LATESpring toFall

Common Name The Narrow Segmented Epidendrum

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in coastal lagoons, beaches and palm grove vegetation at elevations around sealevel to 50 meters as a miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, erect, laterally compressed stems producing new branches from the middle internode of the previous stem and carrying 2 to 4, in the apical half of the stem, alternate, coriaceous, elliptic, unequally bilobed, margin entire, articulate below into the base leaves that blooms in the late spring to fall on a terminal, racemose, occuring only once, distichous, erect, laterally compressed, ancipitose, 1.2 to 2.8" [3 to 7 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence arising on a mature growth, with 1 to 3, spaced out, conduplicate, ovate, obtuse bracts and with slightly shorter than the ovary, ovate, conduplicate, obtuse to acute floral bracts and carrying 3 to 5, successively opening, yellow to greenish yellow flowers that can be in all states of flowering, ie bud, flower, fruit at the same time.

This species differs in the short stems carrying 2 or 3, short and narrow leaves that blooms on a 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence carrying flowers with .36" to .4" [9 to 10 mm] long sepals, petals that are.02 to .04" [.5 to 1 mm] long, and a very deep nectary

Synonyms *Epidendrum rigidum var. angustisegmentum L.O.Williams 1946

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as E rigidum var angustisegmentum; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956 as E rigidum var angustisegmentum; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 308 Hagsater & Salazar 1999 drawing ok; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;