Epidendrum magnificum Schltr. 1918 GROUP Arbusculum

Inflorescence Photos by © Weyman Bussey

Common Name The Magnificent Epidendrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found as a medium to giant sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte in cloud forests of Guerrero state, Mexico at altitudes of 1800 to 2600 meters with ascending terete, reed-like canes, each one arising from an intermediate internode of the preceding cane and carrying distichous, narrowly elliptic to narrowly lanceolate, acute, coriaceous, basally clacping leaves that are clusteered towards the apex of the cane that blooms in the winter and spring on a terminal, short, arcuate to pendant, racemose, umbelliform, many [10 to 70] flowered inflorescence with simultaneously opening flowers.

Synonyms Epidendrum sylvettei Hágsater 1974

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; ORQUIDEA (Méx.) 10 (2) 1987 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 2 The Genus Epidendrum Part 1 Plate 118 Hagsater 1993; Icones Orchidacearum 2 Plate 162 Hagsater 1993 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Orchids Of Mexico Parts 2 & 3 Plate 575 Hagsater, Soto 2002 drawing ok; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005 photo ok