Epidendrum nicaraguense Scheeren ex Hágsater 1993 GROUP Arbusculum SUBGROUP Arbuscula

Plant in situ in Nicaragua

Side View Of Flower Photos by © Sune Holt

Fragrance Part shade CoolWinterSpring

Common Name The Nicaraguan Epidendrum

Flower Size [1.2" [3 cm]

Found only in Nicaragua in cloud forests at elevations of 1300 to 1600 meters as a medium to large sized, cool growing epiphyte or rarely lithophyte with simple, cane-like, erect, terete stems carrying 3, clustered towards the apex, narrowly elliptic, acute, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the winter through spring on a terminal, arcuate, racemose, 5" [12.5 cm] long, to 15 flowered inflorescence arising on a mature cane and with well spaced triangular, acuminate bracts and triangular, acuminate floral bracts and carrying simultaneously opening, resupinate flowers that are nocturnally fragrant.

Pale pink to brown and white flowers with orange-yellow calli and nocturnal fragrance separate this species from E camposii with whitish pink flowers with a white calli that are continuous with the keels of the disc, E magnificum with deep pink to purple flowers and no scent, E arbuscula has pink flowers but a different shaped-lip and E polychromum with multicolored flowers with a conspicuous purple ring around the disc of the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 2 plate 162 Hagsater, Salazar 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1129 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 see Recognition; Icones Orchidacearum Part 13 Plate 1374 Hagsater 2010 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Part 13 Plate 1374 Hagsater 2010 see recognition section;