Epidendrum exiguum Ames & C.Schweinf. 1930 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Rugosum Photo by Leo Rojas and his Flickr Photo Webpage

Part shadeWarm Winter

Common Name The Insignificant Epidendrum

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in humid forests at elevations around 650 to 900 meters as a mini-miniature to minature sized, warm growing epiphtye with hanging, simple to shortly branched stems carrying 3 to 10, held in the apical half of the stem, ovate-elliptic, obtuse, retuse, strongly carinate leaves that blooms in the winter on any of the branche, terminal, racemose, distichous, peduncle much reduced, simultaneosuly 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with the imbricate, clasping, longer than the ovary, widely ovate, obtuse floral bracts and carrying yellow green flowers.

The plant is separated from others by the small, hanging plant with the apical half of the stem leafy, the strongly keeled leaves, the 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with longer than the ovary floral bracts and yellow green flowers with a triangular lip and the ovary forming a vesicule just behind the perianth.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; 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;