Epidendrum apaganum Mansf. 1928 GROUP Difforme Photo by Eric Hunt

Common Name The Soft Epidendrum [refers to the plants limp-feel when held]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Surinam, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador? Peru? and Bolivia? in wet montane forests at elevations of 1050 to 2400 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with an erect to pendant stem completely enveloped by imbricate, leaf-bearing sheaths and each carrying a single, light green, often dirty appearing, elliptic, basally clasping, rigid, sharply keeled, minutely apiculate leaves that blooms in the spring through summer on a terminal, 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence without a basal sheath

This species is part of the E difforme group but differs in it's coarser aspect, fewer flowers, arising on a newly forming growth and a short hidden peduncle arising through a pale green bract.

Synonyms Neolehmannia apagana (Mansf.) Garay & Dunst.1976

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 drawing not = E yaracuyense; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 3 Foldats 1970 as B - E difforme drawing ok; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 as E difforme ssp apaganum; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Neolehmannia apagana not = E yaracuyense; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 560 Vasquez & Dodson 1982 as Neolehmannia apagana drawing fide The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 as Neolehmannia apagana photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 460 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 170 Hagsater 1993 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 468 Bennett & Christenson 1998 see comments; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 306 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 42/3 2001 as Neolehmannia apagana; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 788 Hagsater 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 827 Hagsater 2006 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 842 Hagsater 2006 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 896 Hagsater 2006 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1254 Hagsater 2009 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Part 13 Plate 1380 Hagsater 2010 recognition section; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide