Epidendrum lignosum Lex. 1825 GROUP Magnoliae SUBGROUP Propinquum

Plant in situ Oaxaca Mexico Photos by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Flower? Photo courtesy of Noble Bashor

Common Name The Woody Epidendrum

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Pictured species - Oaxaca MX., 2286m elev., Highway 189 at klm 415, epiphytic on deciduous oaks, growing with Laelia furfuracea

Found in Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan, Guerrero, Mexico, D. Federal, Oaxaca, Vera Cruz and Puebla states of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua at elevations of 2000 to 2300 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with branched, slender stems enveloped completely by scarious sheaths and carrying 2, apical, lanceolate, acute, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, short to 3/4" [2 cm], fractiflex, erect to arcuate, few [3 to 5] flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers.

Cited as a synonym of Epidendrum propinquum and is certainly related but if this ID is correct it is quite different than the other.

Synonyms Epidendrum ledifolium A. Rich. & Galeotti 1845; Epidendrum liparidoglossum L.O. Williams 1968

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 4 1964 as E ledifolium drawing; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 as E ledifolium drawing/photo fide; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as E ledifolium drawing ok/photo hmm; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985 as E ledifolium ; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as E ledifolium drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 324 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 as E ledifolium see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 5&6 Plate 570 Hagsater & Sanchez 2002 as E ledifolium see recognition section