Epidendrum jamaicense Lindley 1853 GROUP Arbusculum SUBGROUP Incomptum Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders.

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Common Name The Jamaican Epidendrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

A reed stem Epidendrum from Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Leewards, Puerto Rico, Windwards, French Guiana, Guyana and Venezuela in wet dense forests on thick trees or along rivers at elevations of 250 to 1600 meters that grows as a medium to large sized, well shaded, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a scandent stem giving rise to new stems from the middle of older ones and enveloped basally by sheaths and carrying many distichous, distal, rather thin, elliptic to oblong-elliptic, acute to subacuminate leaves that blooms on a terminal, arcuate to pendant, shorter, several flowered, racemose inflorescence that has successive opening, fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Amphiglottis jamaicensis (Lindl.) Acuña 1939; Epidendrum dichotomum Lindl. 1838;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as E corymbosum; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939 as E corymbosum drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 as Epidendrum ecostatum; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 834 Hagsater 2006 see recognition section; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014

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