Epidendrum astroselaginella Hágsater & E.Santiago 2007 GROUP Epidanthus

Photo/TYPE Drawing © by Hágsater & E.Santiago and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Star Seliginella Epidendrum [Distinguishes this species from E seliginella and its sister species E stenoselaginella]

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations around 500 to 1100 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with simple, arising from the 2 to 3" internode of the previous stem, cane-like, basally terete, laterally compressed above, thin, erect, straight stems carrying about 9 to 15, all along the stem, distichous, alternate, articulate, coriaceous, spreading horizontally , coriaceous, linear-lanceolate, obtuse, unequally bilobed, amplexicaul, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the late summer and fall on a terminal, occuring only once, racemose, distichous, secund, erect, .6 to 2.4" [1.5 to 6 cm] long including the .4 to 1.28" [1 to 3.2 cm] long, filiform peduncle, 2 to 7 flowered inflorescence with 1 to 2, tubular, acute bracts and shorter to slightly shorter than the ovary, narrowly ovate, acute, conduplicate, amplexicaul, slightly papillose floral bracts and carrying simultaneously opening, non-resupinate, distichous, pale green to greenish yellow flowers with a white anther.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 910 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 3 Morales 2009 photo fide;