Epidendrum atroscriptum Hágsater 1993 GROUP Pseudepidendrum SUBGROUP Paniculatum

Photo by © Bryan Ramsay and his P base Photo Website


Plant and flowers in situ as a lithophyte Photo by © Weyman Bussey


Common Name The Dark Written Epidendrum [refers to the dark mottling on the lip]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in southern Mexico in the states of Vera Cruz, Oaxaca and Chiapas as well as northern Guatemala in tropical rain forests at elevations of 200 to 900 meters in elevation as a medium to giant sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte with erect, cane-like stems enveloped completely by tubular leafless and leaf-bearing sheaths carrying in the apical half, 7 to 14, elliptic, acute, basally clasping and articulated to the leaf sheaths that blooms in the late spring and summer on a terminal, arcuate, paniculate, 8 3/4" to 20" [22 to 50 cm] long, 12 to 120 flowered inflorescence arising on a mature cane and carrying successively [when the first basal flower opens the apical portion af the inflorescence has barely formed buds] opening flowers.

Related to Epi paniculatum but differs from the other Mexican [E veroscriptum, Epi roseoscriptum] relatives by being successively flowered and all others are simultaneous.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list as Epidendrum bangii, IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 2 plate 109 Hagsater & Salazar 1993 drwaing fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo ok; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide