Epidendrum laterale Rolfe 1912 GROUP Laterale Photo by Eric Hunt and his Orchid Species Photo Website

Another Flower

Inflorescence and Plant Photo courtesy of Ray Barkalow and First Rays Orchids.

FragrancePart sun HottoWarmWinter

Common Name The Lateral Epidendrum [refers to the inflorescence arising basally and appearing lateral, a rarity in the genus]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama and Colombia as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphytic herb at elevations of sealevel to 1000 meters with close set, ovoid, smooth pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, obtuse, basally clasping leaf that blooms in the spring and is different in that it has a basal, 2" [5 cm] long, few flowered, erect to lateral inflorescence with fragrant flowers occuring in the winter.

Synonyms Auliza laterale (Rolfe) Brieger 1977; Auliza rousseauae (Schltr.) Brieger 1977; Epidendrum rousseauae Schltr. 1918

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Die Orchideen #8 29-32 tafel 8 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as Auliza lateralis photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1136 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1175 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see recognition section; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 3 Morales 2009 photo fide;