Epidendrum antonense Hágsater 1993 GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Turialvae

Photo by © Danny Lentz, plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Garden

Side View of Flowers Photo by © Jay Pfahl

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez, Hágsater & E.Santiago and The AMO Herbario Website

Common Name The Anton Epidendrum [The Anton Valley, Panama, where the species was first found]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Panama on both sides of the continental divide in wet montane forests near rivers and above dams at elevations around 70 to 800 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a cane-like, erect, ancipitous stem mostly enveloped by scarious, tubular old leaf sheaths and carrying a few to several, elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, grass-like, purple leaves that are basally clasping and blooms in the later summer on a terminal, erect then arching, 4" [10 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence that can rebloom for years and has simultaneous, non-fragrant, resupinate flowers.

"Epidendrum antonensis belongs to the GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Turialvae. It resembles vegetatively E. turialvae, with similar long, narrow, acuminate leaves, and elongate, racemose, subcorymbose, few-flowered inflorescence, but the flowers are smaller, the lip .28 to .32" [7 to 8 mm] long, and the plants appear to be somewhat smaller too. It is easily recognized by the deep olive green sepals and petals and the deep purple , fleshy lip which makes it one of the d arkest-flowered species in the genus. It is also related to E. rodrigoi Hágsater, which has a light pink, somewhat hyaline lip and is found in Colombia.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 108 Hagsater 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 181 Hagsater & Sanchez 1993 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1193 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see recognition section; Le Petit Larousse des Orquidees Lecoufle, Barthelemy and Schmidt 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #9 2017 photo fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo fide;