Epidendrum juergensenii Rchb.f. 1880 GROUPAnisatum

Drawing Photo by Hagsater/Drawing by Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Fragrant Part Shade Cold Spring EARLY Summer

Common Name Juergunsen’s Epidendrum

Flower Size .6” [1.5 cm]

Found in Oaxaca state of Mexico in seasonally dry pine/oak forests at elevations of 2100 to 2500 meters as a small sized, cold growing subcaespitose epiphyte with thin, cane-like stems carrying 3 to 5, clustered to wards the apex, linear-lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in the spring through early summer on a terminal, pluriracemose, arcuate, peduncle 1.2 to 2.4” [3 to 6 cm] long, erect, 4 to 7 imbricating, oblong-triangular, acute bracts, 2.6 t o3.6” [6.5 to 9 cm] long overall, 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence with triangular, acute, atttenuate, scarious floral bracts and carrying small, nocturnally, sweetly fragrant flowers with green segments suffused with reddish brown, the lip dotted with purple and a purple anther.

This a confused species which may be recognized by the two or three apical leaved stem, the elongate floral scape and the greenish-pink flowers with no markings on the callus or disc and the truncate mid-lobe of the lip. Its distribution is restricted to the mountains north of the city of Oaxaca.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; ORQUIDEA (Méx. ) 10 (1) ABRIL 1986 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Plate 574 Garcia-Cruz 2002 drawing fide