Epidendrum wrightii Lindl. 1858 GROUP Secundum SUBGROUP Secundum

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Common Name Wright's Epidendrum [American Collector & Botanist later 1800's]

Found in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba at elevations of 200 to 1300 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing, erect, reedstem epiphyte with ovate-elliptic, acute, alternate leaves that blooms in the spring through fall on a terminal, erect, short, several to many flowered, subumbellate, racemose inflorescence arising on a newly matured cane.

This species needs even, drier conditions, year round with bright light, I grow mine attached to tree fern.

"Epidendrum wrightii Lindl.GROUP Secundum SUBGROUP Secundum characterized as a subgroup by the bicallose lip with a central, narrow, long, wavy keel, the column is apically high and the anther is generally decumbent. The species is found in the Greater Antillies and has orange flowers, a deltate-ovate lip, V-shaped callus, prolonged into a central keel. It is vegetatively similar and has been confused with Epidendrum anceps Jacq., which has lanceolate to obovate leaves of variable length, and a subcorymbose inflorescence with simultaneous purple-brown, fleshy flowers, and an ecallose lip with suborbicular lateral lobes, and entire margins. Epidendrum ackermanii has lanceolate, acute leaves, rhombic, straight, 5-veined petals, the elliptic, acute, straight, 5-veined sepals and the subquadrate lip in general outline, slightly longer than wide, the outline irregular dentate-laciniate, the lip formed by subequal, suborbicular lobes, the apical ones being somewhat larger; the flowers are pink, with a white blotch on the disc covering more than the callus. It resembles Epidendrum secundum Jacq. from the lesser Antillies which has smaller f1owers, the petals oblanceolate-cuneate, somewhat oblique and 3-veined, the sepals obliquely obovate, obtuse, 3-veined, with the lateral veins branching so as to appear 6-veined above, the lip trapezoid in outline, wlder than long, the margin deeply fimbriate, the lateral lobes larger than the apical lobes, the apical lobe widely flabellate, truncate. " Adapted from E ackermanii Icones 7 Plate 701 Hagsater etal 2004

Synonyms Amphiglottis wrightii (Lindl.) Acuña 1939; Epidendrum nasutum Rchb.f 1868

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Catalogo Descriptivo de las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna 1938 as Amphiglottis wrightii; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977; Las Orquideas Nativas de Cuba Aleida Diaz 1985 photo fide; Iconografia de Orquideas Cubanas Perez & Bocourt 1997 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 7 Plate 701 Hagsater & Sanchez 2004 see Recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 8 Plate 848 Hagsater & Sanchez 2006 see recognition section;Orquideas de la Republica Dominicana Y Haiti Fernandez 2007 photo photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing fide;