Epidendrum lutheri Hágsater 1993 GROUP Polychlamys SUBGROUP Polychlamys TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name Luther’s Epidendrum [American Bromeliad Specialist at Marie Selby Botanical Garden in Sarasota Floraida and collector of the type species died 2012]

Flower Size 1.2” [3 cm]

Found in Panama in cloud forests at elevations around 1600 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool growing lithophyte with erect, new stem arising from the median internode of the previous stem carrying 2 to 4, towards the apex of the stem, elliptic-lanceolate, minutely 3 dentate to aristate, subcoriaceous, basally conduplicate leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a terminal, arising on a mature stem, occuring only once, shorter than the leaves, racemose, arcuate, somewhat zigzag, lax, provided at the base with 2 to 3 conduplicate, imbricating bracts simultaneously 5 to 6 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute, conduplicate, many veined floral bracts and carrying resupinate green flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 154 Hagsater & Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993;