Epidendrum citrosmum Hágsater 1988 GROUP Difforme Photo by © Hugo Caro and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Inflorescence Photo by Noble Bashor


Common Name The Lemon-Scented Epidendrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Oaxaca Mx., 619m elev., near Amusgos, at west end of Putla rd.,

Found on the Pacific coast of southern Mexico in tropical semideciduous and deciduous forests at elevations around 600 to 1300 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a simple, terete, slightly flexuous, cane-like stem carrying a few, narrowly elliptic, retuse, coriaceous, conduplicate below into the clasping base leaves that blooms in the winter through spring on a terminal, short, racemose, simultaneously few to several flowered, subcorymbose inflorescence carrying 5 to 20, fragrant [lemon tree], resupinate, bright green flowers.

What distinguishes this species from others in the Difforme group is the terete stems, simultaneously 2 to 10 flowers, with a nocturnal odor of lemon tea, the 3 lobed lip, the semiorbicular lateral lobes, the midlobe with a short sinus forming 2 semiorbicular lobes and an obsolete clinandrum.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 11: 25 Hagsater 1988 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Orchids Of Mexico Parts 2 & 3 Plate 571 Hagsater, Soto 2002 drawing ok; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 960 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide;