Epidendrum nelsonii Hágsater 1987 GROUP Arbuscula SUBGROUP Arbuscula

TYPE Drawing by © Jimenez and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name Nelson’s Epidendrum [American Orchid Hunter and Collector of the Type species 1900’s]

Flower Size .8” [2 cm]

Found in Mexico and Guatemala at elevations of 1900 to 2700 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with simple, new stem arising from the median internode of the previous stem, cane-like, terete, thin straight stems carrying 2 to 4, aggregate towards the apex, alternate, articulate, narrrowly elliptic, bilobed, subcoriaceous, smooth, green, margin entire leaves that blooms in the late fall through early spring on a terminal, occuring only once, racemose, arching, peduncel thin, laterally compressed, with 1 to 2, narrowly ovate, acute bracts, dense, successively 10 to 15 flowered inflorescence with most of the flowers open at one time, with very prominent, slightly longer than the ovary, narrowly ovate, acute floral bracts and carrying resupiante, withe to pale green or green tinged with brown, weakly, sweetly scented flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquidea [Mexico City] n.s., 10: 342 Hagsater 1987; Icones Orchidacearum 8 Plate 858 Hagsater 2006 drawing fide;