Epidendrum melistagoides Hágsater & L.Sánchez 2008 GROUP Difforme TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Common Name The E melistagum Like Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.6” [4 cm]

Found in Oaxaca and Chiapas states of Mexico in high jungle and oak forests at elevations of 370 to 2350 meters as a miniature to medium sized, hot to cold growing epiphyte with simple, cane-like somewhat laterally compressed, slightly flexuous, stems carrying 5 to 12, all along the stem, ovate-elliptic, coriaceous, retuse to unequally bilobed, margin spreading entire leaves taht blooms in the fall through winter on a terminal, on a mature stem, peduncle inconspicuous, subumbellate, dense, simultaneously 5 to 30 flowered inflorescence with 1/2 the length of the ovary, obovate, acute, conduplicate floral bracts and carrying resupinate, bright green flowers with strongly fragrant that diurnally smell sweet and nocturnally smell of sweaty socks.

Similar to E melistagum with the same fragrance but it has reniform lip with the margins erose-crenulate, and a single, platform like callus


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1141 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing fide