Epidendrum hawkesii A.H.Heller 1966 GROUP Secundum SUBGROUP Calanthum Photo by the Belize Botanical Garden

Common Name Hawkes Epidendrum [American Orchid Enthusiast and Author 1900's]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in remnant evergreen forests or on moist grassy roadsides `at elevations of 120 to 360 meters as a medium to large sized, hot growing epiphyte and rarely a terrestrial with only basal roots on an unbranched, cane-like, erect, simple stem enveloped towards the base by purple spotted, somewhat fractiflex sheaths and carrying oblong-elliptic, somewhat concave, round and retuse apically, fleshy-coriaceous, rigid, green with purple spotted leaves that blooms on a terminal, compact, racemose, to 20" [50 cm] long, several to many [20 to 60] flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION I am not sure of this determination so please use with caution

Differs from E radicans mostly in the epiphytic habit with unbranched stems as well as not having adventitious roots. May be a synonym a E baumannianum but I await more information to arrive at that conclusion


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 717 Hamer 1982 drawing ok; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1130 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing ok