Epidendrum chlorops Rchb. f. 1880 GROUP Anceps SUBGROUP Polyanthum

An Atypical form Photo by Patricia Harding


Common Name The Green Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan, Mexico, Guerrero and Oaxaca Mexico on the Pacific slopes at elevations of 350 to 1700 meters as a small to large sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like, terete to somewhat laterally compressed, straight stems carrying 6 to 15, distichous, throughout the apical 2/3's of the stem, coriaceous, elliptical to ovate, entire marginally, spreading leaves that blooms in the early spring through mid winter on a terminal, erect, pluri-racemose, dense, terete, smooth, 3" [7.5 cm] long, 15 to 30 flowered inflorescence enveloped by 2 to 5 imbricating, tubular, oblong-triangular, acute to acuminate bracts and shorter than the ovary, progressively shorter apically, ovate-triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying simultaneously opening, resupinate flowers that yellow with age.

This species can continue to produce new racemes over several years from the nodes of the primary inflorescence.

Said to be a synonym of Epidendrum clowesii Bateman ex Lindl. 1844 but it has laterally compressed stems, smaller, olive green flowers sometimes tinged with brown, a greenish white lip without thickened veins, the sepals and the lateral lobes of the lip without thickened veins.

Synonyms Epidendrum simile Schltr. 1918

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 990 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1146 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1316 Hagsater 2010 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1321 Hagsater 2010 see recognition section; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide