Epidendrum dentiferum Ames & C.Schweinf. 1925 GROUP Difforme Photo by Eric Hagsater

TYPE Drawing by Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Toothed Epidendrum [refers to the dentate apex of the column]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in the Atlantic slope of Costa Rica and Panama and on the Pacific sloipe of the Cordillera Occidental in the department of Choco Colombia at elevations of 500 to 1100 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with simple, sometimes somewhat creeping, laterally flattened, flexuous stems carrying 4 to 6, distichous, all along the stem, narrowly lanceolate, elliptic, acute, smooth, subcoriaceous, green leaves that blooms in the late winter through mid fall on a terminal, pluriracemose, occuring over sevedral years, subsessile, mostly successively single, [may be all at once] 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence carrying pale green, seminal scented flowers.

Many references cite E dentiferum with light green flowers, linear petals and a sub-orbicular lip, as a synonym of E jejunum but it has white flowers with rhombic to oblanceolate petals and a cordiform lip.

Synonyms Epidendrum platychilum Schltr.1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 as Nanodes dentiferum; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Cho Colombia Misas 2005 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 plate 928 Sanchez & Hagsater 2007 Drawing fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater, Ayala and Saldana 2014 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of the Darien Gap Kolanowska 2014 drawing fide; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 Drawing fide;