Epidendrum muscicola Schltr. 1923 GROUP Epidanthus Photo by Daniel Jimemenez


Common Name or Meaning The Moss-Loving Epidendrum

Flower Size 1/4" [7.5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in humid montane forests at elevations of 700 to 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or terrestrial with simple, reed-like, terete, very thin, erect, straight stems carrying 6 to 14, all along the stem, alternate, articulate, mostly erect spreading, acicular, subacute, semiterete, subcoriaceous, margin entire leaves that are conduplicate into the tubular, minutely striate, narrowly triangular, acute sheaths, and blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, occuring only once, racemose, distichous, secund, lax, erect, laterally compressed, straight, fractiflex, 3 to 11, successively flowered inflorescence with a bract in the middle and shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

The relatively large, acicular leaves that fractiflex rachis and the white flwoers with a subulate to lanceolate median lobe of the lip separate this species from others.

Synonyms Epidanthus muscicola (Schltr.) L.O.Williams 1940; Epidendrum linifolium Ames 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 214. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as E muscicolum; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Die Orchideen tafel 9 511-579 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as Epidanthus musicola; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1314 Atwood 1989 as Epidanthus musicola drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as Epidanthus musicola photo fide; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 962 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 drawing fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 3 Morales 2009 photo fide;