Epidendrum microcharis Rchb.f. 1870 GROUP Kalopternix SUBGROUP Serpens Photo by Moises Behar

Another flower Photo by Patricia Harding.


Common Name The Insignificant Epidendrum

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Chiapas Mexico in evergreen cloud forests at elevations of 2300 to 3100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slightly distant, fusiform to subspheric, finely rugose, often purple pseudobulbs carrying usually 2, apical, somewhat recurved, deeply purple flushed, coriaceous, elliptic-lanceolate, persistent leaves that blooms at ant time of the year on a terminal, very short, racemose, 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence arising on a newly maturing pseudobulb with triangular, acuminate floral bracts partially obscured by the leaves and carrying resupinate flowers with a green fragrance.

Synonyms Epidendrum delicatissimum Rchb.f. 1876

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Miniature Orchids Northen 1980; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5&6 Plate 576 Hagsater 1999 drawing fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005 photo fide;