Epidendrum microdendron Rchb.f. 1866 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Rugosum TYPE Drawing by Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website

Collection Sheet Specimen by Standly and Epidendra Webpage

Part shadeCool Cold SpringFall

Common Name The Small Tree Epidendrum

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in rainforests, cloud forest and oak forests on the edge of the paramo at elevations of 1500 to 3200 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with branching, cane-like, laterally compressed, ancipitose, two-winged, main branch intermediate in length, secondary branches somewhat shorter, floral branches giving rise in turn to new branches from subapical internodes and carrying throughout the main stem and branches, deciduous on older stems, persistent on branches, 5 to 12 on the main stem, 3 to 6 on the flowering branches, narrowly lanceolate, bilobed, subcoriaceous, rugose, dorsally carinate leaves that blooms in the spring through fall on a terminal, racemose, distichous, erect, short, two-winged, rachis filiform, flexuous inflorescence with as long as to longer than the ovary, tubular below, ovate, acute floral bracts and carrying 2 to 4, simultaneously opening, yellowish green flowers with the lip always facing the rachis.

The strongly compressed stem with the principla sinuous, the scarsely verrucose sheaths, the lanceolate, bilobed apically leaves and the nonimbricating longer than the ovary floral bracts and the separaate flowers with a heartshaped lip distinguish this species.

Synonyms Epidendrum fundii Ames 1925

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1143 Hagsater 2008 drawing fide;

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