Epidendrum goniorhachis Schltr. 1918GROUP Epidanthus

Inflorescence Photo by Franco Pupulin and The Epidendra Website

Part shadeWarm Cool LATERSummerTHROUGH MID Winter

Common Name The Fruit Bearing Rachis Epidendrum

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations of 700 to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with simple, produced from the 1st or 2nd node from the base of the previous stem, cane-like, terete, very thin, erect, straight stem carrying 6 to 9, all along the stem, alternate, more or less fleshy, generally deciduous, linear, rounded, margin entire, articulate below into the base leaves that blooms in the later summer through mid winter on a terminal, occuring only once, racemose, distichous, secund, suberect, laterally compressed, lax, 8 to 28 flowered inflorescence with an apical bract similar to the slightly longer than the ovary, widely triangular, acute, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying successively opening, distichous, resupinate flowers.

the strongly fractiflex rachis and the withe to yellow coffee colored flowers with an entire lip separate this from others. E musicola and E talamancanum have trilobed lips.

Synonyms Epidanthus goniorhachis (Schltr.) L.O.Williams 1940; Epidendrum fractiflexum F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 213. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum goniorachis; Orquidea [Mexico] 9[1]: 1-190 Dressler 1983 as Epidanthus crassus; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1313 Atwood 1989 as Epidanthus goniorachis drawing fide; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 943 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 drawing fide;

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