Epidendrum miserum Lindl. 1841 GROUP Kalopternix SUBGROUP Serpens

Plant and flowers Photo by © Eric Hunt, plant grown by Hanging Gardens


Common Name The Insignificant Epidendrum

Flower Size 1/2" [1.2 cm]

Found in Jalisco, Michoacan, Morelos and Oaxaca states of Mexico as a mini-miniature, cool growing, mat-forming epiphyte at elevations of 1300 to 2000 meters with slightly compressed ovoid, clustered gray pseudobulbs enveloped basally by a few scarious sheaths and usually carrying three, thin, gray-green, linear-lanceolate, articulate to the base leaves which are deciduous and fall mid-winter as the apical, short, basally enveloped by scarious bracts, .22 to .32" [5.5 to 8 mm] long, 1 to 6 flowered inflorescence with triangular, acumiante floral bracts and carrying generally resupinate, slightly scented flowers.

Differs from the similar E manarae by the larger pseudbulbs and the 3 leaves and the different lip.

Synonyms Epidendrum pulchellum A.Rich. & Galeotti 1845; Hormidium miserum Benth. & Hook. f. ex Hemsl. 1884;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Miniature Orchids Northen 1980 photos fide; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Plate 576 Hagsater, Soto 2002 see recognition section; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Plate 577 Hagsater, Soto 2002 drawing fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005 photo ok; Miniature Orchids, A Compendium Parsons and Gerritson 2013 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide<